The John Locke Lectures

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2016 John Locke Lecture

The John Locke Lectures are among the world's most distinguished lecture series in philosophy. This list of past lecturers shows that most of the greatest philosophers of the last half century have been Locke Lecturers. The series began in 1950, funded from the generous bequest of Henry Wilde.

The Faculty acknowledges the generous support of these lectures by Oxford University Press and All Souls College.

The 2017 John Locke Lectures

The Faculty is pleased to announce the 2017 John Locke Lectures.  Professor Michael Smith (Princeton) will lecture on ‘A Standard of Judgement’.  The lectures will take place at the T S Eliot Lecture Theatre in Merton College, at 5pm on Wednesdays in weeks 1 to 6 of Trinity Term (that is, starting on 26 April and finishing on 31 May).   There will be a drinks reception after the first lecture, with the generous support of Oxford University Press.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith (Princeton University)

'A Standard of Judgement'

“Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion…and the discovery of a standard of judgment.”–Epictetus, Discourses, II:11


How much can we learn from the armchair? The answer turns out to be quite a lot. The aim is to show how it is possible for us to to know, from the armchair, that we are agents in a spatio-temporal world that may well contain other agents; that there are things that we ought to do simply in virtue of being agents; that many of these things correspond to what we ordinarily take to be moral requirements; that there may well be other things we ought to do that correspond to what we ordinarily take to be requirements of love and friendship, and that these nearly always have, but are not exhausted by, a moral dimension; and that there may well be yet other things still that we ought to do that express the interests we have in art objects and aspects of nature. When we leave the armchair and remind ourselves that we are embodied human beings who live among others in a complex physical and social world, we further discover that we are typically subject to all of these requirements, and we also discover, disappointingly, that we have a limited capacity to act in accordance with them. This sets the scene for a number of practical problems. We solve some of these problems by developing and exercising our capacity for self-control, and we solve others by cooperating with other agents to develop and implement formal and informal ways of regulating our interactions with each other and with the non-agential parts of the world.

John Locke Poster 2017

Lecture 1 (Wednesday 26 April 2017) 'From the human condition to a standard of judgement'

Lecture 2 (Wednesday 3 May 2017) 'From a standard of judgement to moral rationalism'

Lecture 3 (Wednesday 10 May 2017) 'The best form of moral rationalism'

Lecture 4 (Wednesday 17 May 2017) 'Moral reasons vs non-moral reasons'

Lecture 5 (Wednesday 24 May 2017) 'A normative theory of blame'

Lecture 6 (Wednesday 31 May 2017) 'Loose ends'

Bonus discussion session (Thursday 8 June 2017) Defeat by nature in “Force Majeure” (following viewing of film on Weds 7 June, same venue)


Ted Sider

Professor Ted Sider (Rutgers University)

'The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science'

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford was pleased to announce the 2016 John Locke Lectures, given by Professor Ted Sider. The lectures took place at 5pm on Wednesdays in weeks 3 to 8 of Trinity Term, or 11th May to 15th June inclusive, and were given at the T S Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, Oxford.


First-order metaphysical questions are sensitive to a second-order question, that of the appropriate concepts for framing first-order questions. It makes a big difference whether one views metaphysics through a modal lens, or through the lens of conceptual analysis, or through the lens of ground. These lectures will examine how the recent shift to concepts of fundamentality and ground affect a range of issues in the metaphysics of science, in particular “structuralist” positions: causal/nomic/dispositional essentialism, relationalism about quantities, mathematical structuralism, structural realism, qualitativism.

Lecture 1 (11th May - Week 3) 'Conceptual tools in metaphysics' [Lecture Notes]

Lecture 2 (18th May - Week 4) 'Properties and laws' [MP3]

Lecture 3 (25th May - Week 5) 'Quantitative properties' [MP3]

Lecture 4 (1st June - Week 6) 'Individuals and structure' [MP3]

Lecture 5 (8th June - Week 7) 'Individuals and structure' (continued) [MP3]

Lecture 6 (15th June - Week 8) 'Theoretical equivalence' [MP3]


Rae Langton

Professor Rae Langton (Cambridge)

'Accommodating Injustice'

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford is pleased to announce the 2015 John Locke Lectures, to be given by Professor Rae Langton. The lectures will take place at 5pm on Wednesdays in weeks 1 to 6 of Trinity Term, or 29th April to 3rd June inclusive, and will be given at the Grove Auditorium in Magdalen College, Oxford. (Please note: admissions to the Auditorium will be strictly limited to the seating capacity, without exception.) There will be a drinks reception after the first lecture.


What we do with words can help or hinder justice in ways that exploit rules of accommodation: a process of adjustment that tends to make speech acts count as 'correct play'. Accommodation can enable speakers and hearers to build unjust norms and distributions of authority, sexual subordination, and racial hatred. Of special interest are ‘back-door’ speech acts, which work in subtle ways via presupposition and its relatives, generics, or thick concepts and epithets. Accommodation can undermine knowledge, by disguising injustice, altering standards and stakes, and destroying credibility. In placing limits on ‘correct play’, it can silence.

Attending to these dangers makes visible certain solutions. Accommodation reveals speech acts as something we do together with words: the acts and omissions of hearers, as well as speakers, contribute to what is done. Free speech itself looks different, demanding richer resources: state and individual action, not just inaction, could be needed to make it real.

Lecture 1 (29th April) 'Accommodating Authority' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 2 (6th May) 'Accommodating Norms' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 3 (13th May) 'Accommodating Knowledge' [Handout] [MP3]  

Lecture 4 (20th May) 'Silence as Accommodation Failure' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 5 (27th May) 'Accommodating Attitudes' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 6 (3rd June) 'How to undo things with words' [Handout] [MP3]


Martha Nussbaum

Professor Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)

'Anger and Forgiveness'

The 2014 John Locke Lecture series were held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in weeks 2 to 6 of Trinity Term 2014. The lectures were given at the Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College.

In addition to the lectures, there were two discussion seminars, in the Seminar Room at the Radcliffe Humanities Building (Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG).  The first seminar was on 19 May, from 2pm to 5pm, and at this seminar chapters 2 and 3 of the manuscript (see below) were discussed.  The second seminar was on 2 June, from 3pm to 6pm.  The first half of that seminar was on chapters 4 and 5; the second half, on chapters 6 and 7.


Lecture 1 (7th May) 'Furies into Eumenides'

Anger is not just ubiquitous, it is also popular – even among philosophers. Many people think it is impossible to care sufficiently for justice without anger at injustice. Many also believe that it is impossible for individuals to vindicate their own self-respect adequately without anger. These lectures will argue that anger is conceptually confused and normatively pernicious. It is neither normatively appropriate nor productive in either the personal or the political life. The first lecture introduces the core ideas, using as a metaphor the end of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, in which goddesses of retribution are transformed into guardians of social welfare. It also introduces a sub-argument concerning forgiveness: rather than being the normatively benign alternative to anger that many people believe it to be, forgiveness (at least as standardly defined) all too often proves a covert form of anger, extracting humiliation as a condition of forgoing angry attitudes.

Lecture 2 (14th May) 'Anger: Down-ranking, Weakness, Payback'

This lecture (a very short form of the chapter 2 available on the website) analyzes the cognitive content of anger, starting from, but not totally agreeing with, Aristotle’s definition. With the help of an example, I argue that anger is almost always normatively flawed in one of two ways. Either it wrongly supposes that punishing the aggressor could make good a past damage – an idea of cosmic balance with deep roots in the human psyche but nonsensical – or, in the case where the angry person focuses exclusively on offense to relative status, it may possibly make sense (a relative lowering of the offender does effect a relative raising of the victim), but the exclusive focus on status is normatively problematic. Although anger may still be useful as a signal, a motivation, and/or a deterrent, its flaws compromise even this instrumental role. I then discuss a concept that I call the Transition: a constructive segue from backward-looking anger to constructive thought about the future. And I identify one species of anger that I do consider normatively unproblematic, which I call Transition-Anger. I also discuss the connection between anger and a displaced sense of helplessness, and examine a possible role for empathy in extricating oneself from the trap of anger.

Lecture 3 (21st May) 'Anger in the Personal Realm'

It is commonly thought that people who have been wronged by intimates ought to be angry, because they owe it to their self-respect so to react. This lecture (a very short form of chapter 4 on the website) contests that claim, discussing anger between intimate partners and anger between adult children and their parents (but focusing on the latter for reasons of time). I end with a discussion of self-anger. In all cases I pursue my sub-theme of forgiveness, arguing that generosity, and not the extraction of apologies, Is what we need.

Lecture 4 (28th May) 'The Political Realm: Everyday Justice'

Many people think that the institutions of the legal system ought to embody the spirit of (justified) anger, and they defend a picture of criminal punishment along these lines. In keeping with the forward-looking and constructive attitude I have defended previously, I criticized criminal law retributivism and defend a Millean (not exactly Benthamite) form of welfarism, looking at the implications of these ideas for several specific aspects of the criminal justice system (victim impact statements, shame-based penalties, juvenile justice conferencing, mercy at the sentencing phase). I insist, however, that the ex post focus of the criminal justice system is actually a narrow part of the task of a good society in dealing with crime. Forward-looking strategies should focus above all on education, health care, nutrition, and inclusion in the political process. (This lecture is a short form of chapter 6 on the website.)

Lecture 5 (4th June) 'The Political Realm: Revolutionary Justice'

When there is great injustice, it is very tempting to think that righteous anger is the best response, and even a necessary response. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that the three most successful revolutionary freedom movements in the past century have been conducted in a spirit of non-anger (distinct from, though sometimes joined to, non-violence): Gandhi’s independence movement, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s role in the U. S. civil rights movement, and Nelson Mandela’s freedom movement in South Africa. Studying the thought and practice of these three leaders, I argue that non-anger is both normatively and practically superior to anger. (This lecture is a short form of chapter 7 from the website.)


Ned Block

Professor Ned Block (NYU)

'Attention and Perception'


How philosophical issues about perception are transformed in the light of the science of perception

Does conscious perception have representational content?  Or are the representations involved in perception all sub-personal underpinnings of perception rather than partly constitutive of perception itself?  Is “unconscious perception” really perception? Is seeing always seeing-as?  Is seeing-as always conceptual? Do we see things only as having colors, shapes and textures?  Or do we see things as being CD players or baseball bats?   Is perception a form of judgment? Must conscious perception be cognitively accessible to the subject?  Is attention required for object perception or knowledge of the reference of perceptual demonstratives? These lectures argue that these and other related philosophical issues are transformed by taking into account the science of perception.

The 2013 John Locke Lecture series were held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in weeks 2 to 7 of Trinity Term 2013. The lectures were given at the T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College (enter by Rose Lane).

Lecture 1 (1st May) 'Attention, representationism and direct realism'

Facts about attention and its relation to the phenomenology of perception are problematic for the major philosophical approaches to perception.

Lecture 2 (8th May) 'The grain of seeing vs attending and the de re thought condition on seeing an object'

There is a minimal resolution of object-seeing that is finer than a corresponding minimal resolution of object-attention, so object-attention is not required for object-seeing.  No reasonable version of a de re thought potential requirement on seeing conflicts with this grain difference.  These ideas solve a version of the speckled hen problem.

Lecture 3 (15th May) 'Seeing-As: How can we find out whether seeing is representational, and if so, what representations are involved?'

Some say that seeing is always seeing-as and that seeing-as involves conceptualization.  Some say that not only can we see things as having certain colors, shapes and textures; we can see things as being a table or a car. A framework is proposed for distinguishing high level perceptual representations  from recognitionally equivalent color, shape and texture representations, and for distinguishing perceptual representations from cognitive representations.

Lecture 4 (22nd May) 'Consciousness and cognition: the power of unconscious perception'

One of the most important issues concerning the foundations of conscious perception centers on the question of whether perceptual consciousness is rich or sparse. The “overflow” argument uses a form of “iconic memory” to argue that perceptual consciousness is richer (i.e., has a higher capacity) than cognitive access: when observing a complex scene we are conscious of more than it is possible to report or think about.  Recently, the overflow argument has been challenged both empirically and conceptually. This lecture reviews the controversy, focusing on the power of unconscious processes and arguing that what we know about unconscious processing suggests that consciousness does overflow cognition.

Lecture 5 (29th May) 'Conscious, preconscious, unconscious'

There are reliably reproducible states that have little or no reportability but do not have many of the signature properties of unconscious states.  This lecture discusses whether these states might be phenomenally conscious in the light of the close conceptual tie between conscious perception and first person authority.

Lecture 6 (5th June) 'Does the physical basis of consciousness include anything outside the head?'

Clark and Chalmers famously argued that the cognitive mind extends beyond the brain into the body and the world.  If I can fluidly access the phone number from a suitable source outside my body, we should allow that I know it now.  Others have argued that this “vehicle externalist” point of view applies to consciousness: the minimal constitutive supervenience base of conscious experience extends outside the brain into the rest of the body and into the world.  This lecture argues that there is an established empirical framework for resolving such issues and we have overwhelming grounds to doubt the externalist point of view applied to consciousness.


Stephen Yablo

Professor Stephen Yablo (MIT)

'Truth and Content'


“Aboutness” is a grand-sounding name for something basically familiar. Books are on topics; portraits are of people; the 1812 Overture concerns the Battle of Borodino. Aboutness is the relation that meaningful items bear to whatever it is that they are on, or of, or that they address or concern.

Brentano made aboutness the defining feature of the mental. Phenomenologists have studied the aboutness-features of particular mental states. Materialists have sought to ground it in teleology or natural regularities. Attempts have even been made, in library science and the theory of information, to operationalize aboutness.

Brentano made aboutness the defining feature of the mental. Phenomenologists have studied the aboutness-features of particular mental states. Materialists have sought to ground it in teleology or natural regularities. Attempts have even been made, in library science and the theory of information, to operationalize aboutness.

And yet the notion plays no serious role in philosophical semantics. This is surprising — sentences have aboutness properties, if anything does. One leading theory gives the meaning of a sentence by listing the scenarios in which it is true, or false. Nothing is said about the principle of selection, about how and why the sentence would be true, or false, in those scenarios. Subject matter is the missing link here. A sentence is true because of how matters stand where its subject matter is concerned.

I will be asking, first, how we might go about making subject matter a separate factor in sentence meaning/content, and second, what “directed contents” can do for us in other parts of philosophy.

The 2012 John Locke Lecture series was held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in weeks 2 to 6 of Trinity Term 2012. The lectures were given at the T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College.

Lecture 1 (2nd May) 'Semantic Excuses' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 2 (9th May) 'The Truth and Something But the Truth' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 3 (16th May) 'Extrapolation and its Limits' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 4 (23rd May) 'Knowing About Things' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 5 (30th May) 'Saying Things: Pretense and Presupposition' [Handout] [MP3]

Professor John Cooper (Princeton)

'Ancient Greek Philosophies as a Way of Life' 


Philosophy is a demanding intellectual discipline, with many facets: logic, epistemology, philosophy of nature and science, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of art, rhetoric, philosophy of language and mind. But a long tradition of ancient Greek philosophers, beginning with Socrates, made their philosophies also complete ways of life. For them reason, perfected by philosophy—not religion, not cultural traditions and practices—constitutes the only legitimate authority for determining how one ought to live. They also thought philosophically informed reason should be the basis for all our practical attitudes, all our decisions, and in fact the whole of our lives. In these lectures we examine the development of this pagan tradition in philosophy, from its establishment by Socrates, through Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicurus, the Pyrrhonian Skeptics, and Plotinus and late ancient Platonism.

The 2011 John Locke Lecture series was held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in weeks 1 to 6 of Trinity Term 2011. The lectures were given at the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, Manor Road. The classes took place at the Faculty of Philosophy, 10 Merton Street.

Lecture 1 (4th May): 'Philosophy in Antiquity as a Way of Life' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 2 (11th May): 'Aristotle's Philosophy as Two Ways of Life' [MP3]

Class/Seminar (18th May): 'The Epicurean and Pyrrhonian Ways of Life' (Texts and Discussion).

Lecture 3 (25th May): 'The Stoic Way of Life' [Handout] [MP3]

Lecture 4 (1st June): 'Platonism as a Way of Life' [Handout] [MP3]

Class/Seminar (8th June): 'Plotinus on the Human Person and the Virtues' (Texts and Discussion)

Professor David Chalmers (ANU)

'Constructing the World'


In Der Logische Aufbau Der Welt, Carnap argued that all truths are definitionally entailed by a very limited class of truths. Most philosophers think that the project of the Aufbau is a failure and that nothing like it can succeed. I will investigate the prospects for an Aufbau-like project, centering around what I call the Scrutability Thesis: all truths are a priori entailed by a very limited class of truths. I will also discuss applications to Carnapian projects in epistemology, the philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and metaphilosophy.

The lectures took place on Wednesdays, Weeks 2 to 7, of Trinity Term 2010. They started at 5pm, and took place at the Gulbenkian Theatre, St Cross Building, Manor Road.

Lecture 1 (5th May): A Scrutable World [Handout] [MP3] [Slides]

Lecture 2 (12th May): The Cosmoscope Argument [Handout] [MP3] [Slides]

Lecture 3 (19th May): The Case for A Priori Scrutability [Handout] [MP3] [Slides]

Lecture 4 (26th May): Revisability and Conceptual Change: Carnap vs. Quine [Handout] [MP3] (No slides were used)

Lecture 5 (2nd June): Hard Cases: Mathematics, Normativity, Ontology, Intentionality [Handout] [MP3] [Slides]

Lecture 6 (9th June): Whither the Aufbau? [Handout] [MP3] [Slides]

The book manuscript can be found at


Thomas Scanlon

Professor Thomas M. Scanlon (Harvard)

'Being Realistic about Reasons'


The idea that there are irreducibly normative truths about reasons for action, which we can discover by thinking carefully about reasons in the usual way, has been thought to be subject to three kinds of objections: metaphysical, epistemological, and motivational or, as I would prefer to say, practical. Metaphysical objections claim that a belief in irreducibly normative truths would commit us to facts or entities that would be metaphysically odd—incompatible, it is sometimes said, with a scientific view of the world. Epistemological objections maintain that if there were such truths we would have not way of knowing what they are: we could “get in touch with” them only through some strange kind of intuition. Practical objections maintain that if conclusions about what we have reason to do were simply beliefs in a kind of fact, they could not have the practical significance that reasons are commonly supposed to have. This is often put by saying that beliefs alone cannot motivate an agent to act, but it is better put as the claim that beliefs cannot explain action, or make acting rational or irrational in the way that accepting conclusions about reasons is normally thought to do.

I will argue that all of these objections are mistaken. The idea that there are truths about are reasons for action does face serious problems. But these are normative problems—problems internal to the normative domain, whose solutions, if there are such, must themselves be normative.

The lectures took place on Wednesdays, Weeks 1 to 5, of Trinity Term 2009. They started at 5pm, and took place at the Gulbenkian Theatre, St Cross Building, Manor Road.

Lecture 1: Introduction (MP3) / (Text - PDF file)

Lecture 2: Normativity and Metaphysics (MP3) / (Text - PDF file)

Lecture 3: Motivation and the Appeal of Expressivism (MP3) / (Text - PDF file)

Lecture 4: Epistemological Problems (MP3) / (Text - PDF file)

Lecture 5: Normative Structure (MP3) / (Text - PDF file)

Professor Hartry Field (NYU)

‘Logic, Normativity, and Rational Revisability’

Wednesdays at 5pm, Weeks One to Six (23rd April to 28th May 2008) was held in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford
(n.b., the Lecture in Fifth Week (21 May) took place in Lecture Theatre II of the St Cross Building, not the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre)

Wednesday 23rd April 2008 - Lecture 1 (PDF) Podcast Icon (MP3 - 28.8Mb)
Wednesday 30th April 2008 - Lecture 2 (PDF) Podcast Icon (MP3 - 31.9Mb)
Wednesday 7th May 2008 - Lecture 3 (PDF) Podcast Icon (MP3 - 27.7Mb)

Wednesday 14th May 2008 - Lecture 4 (PDF)

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Wednesday 21st May 2008 - Lecture 5 (PDF) Podcast Icon (MP3 - 30.3Mb)
Wednesday 28th May 2008 - Lecture 6 (PDF) Podcast Icon (MP3 - 26.5Mb)

Professor Robert Stalnaker (MIT)

'Our knowledge of the internal world'

Starting in the middle abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)
Lecture 2 (Wednesday 9th May):
Epistemic possibilities and the knowledge argument
abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)
Lecture 3 (Wednesday 16th May):
Locating ourselves in the world
abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)
Lecture 4 (Wednesday 23rd May):
Phenomenal and epistemic indistinguishability
abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)
Lecture 5 (Wednesday 30th May):
Acquaintance and essence
abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)
Lecture 6 (Wednesday 6th June):
Knowing what we are thinking
abstract (PDF) handout(PDF) lecture(MP3)


Professor Robert Brandom (Pittsburgh)

'Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism'

Lecture 1 - Week 2 (3 May): “Extending the Project of Analysis”


Text (PDF)

Lecture 2 - Week 3 (10 May): “Elaborating Abilities: The Expressive Role of Logic”


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Lecture 3 - Week 4 (17 May): “Artificial Intelligence and Analytic Pragmatism”

Handout(PDF) Text (PDF)

Lecture 4 - Week 5 (24 May):“Modality and Normativity: From Hume and Quine to Kant and Sellars”

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Lecture 5 - Week 6 (31 May): “Incompatibility, Modal Semantics, and Intrinsic Logic”

Handout(PDF) Text (PDF)

Lecture 6 - Week 7 (7 June): “Intentionality as a Pragmatically Mediated Semantic Relation”

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Professor Ernest Sosa (Brown University and Rutgers University)

'Apt Belief and Reflective Knowledge'

Lecture 1 Dreams and the Cogito
Lecture 2 A Virtue Epistemology
Lecture 3 Intuitions
Lecture 4 Epistemic Normativity
Lecture 5 Virtue, Luck, and Credit
Lecture 6 Circularity and Easy Knowledge

Professor J. Barnes (Paris-Sorbonne University)

'Truth, etc. Some Topics in Ancient Logic'

Lecture 1 Truth
Lecture 2 Predicates and Subjects
Lecture 3 What is a Connector?
Lecture 4 Forms of Argument
Lecture 5 How to Justify Deduction
Lecture 6 What is the Point of Logic?

Professor K. Fine (New York University)

'Reference, Relation and Meaning'

Lecture 1 Variables
Lecture 2 Frege's Puzzle
Lecture 3 Names
Lecture 4 Kripke's Puzzle
Lecture 5 Belief
Lecture 6 Moore's Paradox of Analysis

Christine Korsgaard (Harvard)

'Self-constitution: Action,Identity and Integrity'

Lecture 1  The Metaphysics of Normativity
Lecture 2  Practical Reason and the Unity of the Will
Lecture 3  Practical Reason and the Unity of the Will
Lecture 4  The Transition to Humanity
Lecture 5  The Transition to Humanity
Lecture 6  Integrity and Interaction
2000-01 (TT 01) Bas van Fraassen
Structure and Perspective: An Empiricist View
1997-98 (TT 98) Lawrence Sklar
University of Michigan
Philosophy within Science
1996-97 (TT 97) Robert Nozick
Invariance and Objectivity
1996-97 (MT 96) Jerry Fodor
Rutgers University
Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong
1994-95 (TT 95) Frank Jackson
Australian National University
Supervenience, Metaphysics, and Analysis
1992-93 (TT 93) Tyler Burge
Sources and Resources of Reason
1991-92 (TT 92) Jonathan Bennett
Syracuse University, NY
Judging Behaviour: Analysis in Moral Theory
1990-91 (TT 91) John McDowell
University of Pittsburgh
Mind and World
1989-90 (HT 90) Thomas Nagel
New York University
Equality and Plurality
1988-89 Professor Ernst Tugendhat
University of Berlin
Withdrew due to illness
1986-87 Barry G. Stroud
University of California, Berkeley
The Quest for Reality
1983-84 David Lewis
Princeton University
On the Plurality of Worlds
1982-83 Daniel C. Dennett
Tufts University, MA
The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting
1979-80 David B. Kaplan
This and D That: A History of Demonstratives (postponed)
1978-79 Professor H.P. Grice
University of California, Berkeley
Aspects of Reason
1975-76 Hilary W. Putnam
Harvard University
Meaning and Knowledge
1974-75 Professor R.B. Brandt
University of Michigan
Psychology and the Criticism of Desires and Morality
1973-74 Saul Kripke
Rockefeller University, NY
Reference and Existence
(Lectures available in the Philosophy Library)
1971-72 Sydney S. Shoemaker
Cornell University
Mind, Body and Behaviour
1969-70 Donald Davidson
Princeton University
The Structure of Truth
1968-69 Noam Chomsky
Language and the Study of Mind
1967-68 Paul Lorenzen
University of Erlangen
Non-Empirical Truths
1965-66 Wilfred S. Sellars
University of Pittsburgh
Science & Metaphysics: Some Variations on Kantian Themes
1963-64 Jaakko Hintikka
University of Helsinki
Some Main Problems in the Philosophy of Logic
1961-62 Nelson Goodman
University of Pennsylvania
Languages of Art
1959-60 Gregory Vlastos
Princeton University
Mysticism & Logic in Heraclitus, Parmenides and Plato
1957-58 A.C. Jackson
University of Melbourne
Material Things
1955-56 A.N. Prior
Canterbury University College, NZ
Time and Modality
1954-55 Hao Wang
Harvard University
On Formalizing Mathematical Concepts
1950-51 Oets Kolk Bouwsma
University of Nebraska
The Flux
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