Brown University Professor and Author John Tomasi Will Speak at the Baugh Center for Free Enterprise Inaugural Distinguished Lecture

Sept. 23, 2013
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2013) - The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business will host its first event of the fall on Sept. 24 with a lecture from John Tomasi, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the Political Theory Project at Brown University.

Tomasi will draw from his recently published book "Free Market Fairness," to present his new theory of market democracy, which combines the ideas of economic liberty and social justice.

"I think many people think that free market fairness is an oxymoron, but I don't think that," Tomasi said in an interview with the UK-based podcast Philosophy Bites. "I think that free markets are a kind of fairness; that we decide what fairness is not by asking what markets produce but by having philosophical arguments. And those philosophical arguments result in a standard of evaluation that markets can satisfy."

A reception will follow the lecture, during which Baylor President Ken Starr will address the audience and Steve Bradley, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, will review the goals and activities for the Baugh Center.

Funding and sponsorship for this lecture are provided by the Baugh Center. The event is co-sponsored by the department of political science, department of philosophy, School of Social Work and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.

The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Blume Banquet Room on the fifth floor of Baylor's Cashion Academic Center, 1401 South 5th St. For more information, please visit the Baugh Center webpage or contact Amy Fields, project manager for the Baugh Center.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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