My Overview of a Workshop on Firearms and Self-Defense (Light Over Heat #47)

This video offers an overview of the 14 papers presented at a workshop on “The Ethics, Law, and Social Science of Firearms and Self-Defense” convened by the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Out of respect for the privacy of the participants in this closed workshop, I did not give their names or affiliations in this video. But the organizers are supposed to be putting together a web page highlighting the works presented, and when they do I will come back here and add a link.

Also at this workshop I presented a rough draft of my paper systematizing the dominant academic approach to understanding Gun Culture 2.0, what I call “The Standard Model of Explaining the Irrationality of Defensive Gun Ownership” (see my “Light Over Heat” YouTube video playlist on the topic).

My original plan for this video was to discuss in detail the reception of my thoughts, but having to record this video on the morning of the final day of the workshop did not allow me to compose my thoughts coherently enough. So, as I continue to work on this project, I will report more on its progress in relation to the feedback I received.

I also mention at the conclusion of this video that I will be taking a couple week hiatus from “Light Over Heat” in order to move to a house closer to my in-laws. Still in the Winston-Salem area, still at Wake Forest, but a move of any distance is trying. Thanks for your forbearance.

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