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Thalberg Lectures

The Thalberg Memorial Lecture is an ongoing lecture series which memorializes Irving Thalberg Jr., a long-serving member of the philosophy department at UIC. The series was organized after his death in 1987, to celebrate his contributions to philosophy and the department, particularly in supporting diversity, and to advance work in areas to which he contributed. These areas ranged widely, as Thalberg’s work falls in philosophy of action, philosophy of emotion, philosophy of race, philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and value theory.

Here is a list of past speakers, including lecture titles:

Speaker Lecture Title Lecture Date
Kristie Dotson, Michigan "Dear Toni Morrison: Notes Towards a Sustainable, Black Sovereignty" March 14, 2022
Charles Mills, CUNY "Doing Injustice to Racial Justice: How Rawls Went Wrong" March, 29, 2021
Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University "Responsibilities and Taking on Responsibility" April 16, 2018
Paul Taylor, Penn State "On Post-Racialism: The President as Racial Project" March 9, 2015
Nancy Cartwright, UC San Diego and Durham University "Moving on in Evidence-Based Policy: Experiments versus the Modelling of Society" March 11, 2013
Amelie Rorty, Harvard University "Questioning Moral Reasons" October 12, 2009
Bernard Boxill, Univeristy of North Carolina "DuBois and Douglass on Sympathy and Double Consciousness" October 16, 2006
Richard Moran, Harvard University "Kant, Proust and the Appeal of Beauty"
Tyler Burge, UCLA "Perceptual Objectivity" September 27, 2004
Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University "Some Mysteries of Love" September 24, 2001
Richard Wollheim, UC Berkeley "Emotions and Their Kinds" October 19, 2000
Diana Meyers, University of Connecticut "Decentralizing Autonomy: The Five Faces of Selfhood" April 23, 1999
Hilary Putnam, Harvard University "There Is More to the Mind than Computation" March 27, 1999
Brian Skyrms, UC Riverside "Inference by Convention and the Evolution of Meaning" November 21, 1997
Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Purdue University "Jane Addams and John Dewey on the Ties that Bind: Theorizing After the Demise of Classical Liberal Individualism" September 19, 1996
Michael Stocker, Syracuse University "Emotions, Pleasure, and Value" May 10, 1991
Marcia Baron, University of Illinois at Urbana "Impartiality and Friendship" May 24, 1990
Donald Davidson, UC Berkeley "The Myth of the Subjective" October 14, 1988
Howard McGary, Rutgers University "Forgiveness" May 12, 1988