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Oded Na'aman

Ethics in Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Oded Na’aman received his PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University. His dissertation is about the rationality of attachment. It focuses on the rationality of loving particular individuals as such and valuing certain projects, activities, communities, traditions, and ideals. He also writes about being attached to unjust political institutions, for instance, by devoting oneself to making them more just. Outside academia, Oded has published articles and essays about the moral failure inherent in military rule, about the possibility of and justification for self-sacrifice, as well as about conviction and the deceptive allure of war. Oded is also a long time member of Breaking the Silence, a group of Israeli veterans that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers who served in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He co-edited Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010 (Metropolitan Press, 2012).

Oded will be teaching in winter 2016:

Contemporary Moral Problems
This course addresses moral issues that play a major role in contemporary public discourse. The course aims to encourage students to consider moral problems in a reflective, systematic manner, and to equip students with skills that will enable them to do so. Questions to be addressed include: Do rich countries have an obligation to accept refugees from other parts of the world? Do such obligations conflict with the right of individuals to protect their culture? Is there anything principally wrong in the use of drones for purposes of warfare? Do we have obligations to the environment, and if so why? What is racism and what makes it wrong? And what are feminist ideals?
Course satisfies WAYS: Ethical Reasoning (ER)