The YTL Centre Annual Lecture in Politics, Philosophy and Law, 'A Humanistic Discipline: Williams’ Naturalistic Philosophy' by Professor Miranda Fricker, City University of New York
6 March 2020, 17:00 to 19:00 Please note: this event has passed
King's Building, Strand Campus, London
We are delighted to invite you to the YTL Centre Annual Lecture in Politics, Philosophy and Law, which will be delivered this year by Professor Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, City University of New York.
Abstract: Interpreting Bernard Williams’ ethical philosophy is not easy for a number of reasons. One of them is that whereas tracing the developments that integrate a philosopher’s oeuvre usually entails explaining how and why they modified their views over time, Williams did not change his mind about anything. A natural approach to Williams’ work is to picture it as a web of inter-related commitments where no single commitment has unique priority. Against this natural thought, however, I will venture that the contours of his philosophy become clearest if one considers that there is a core organizing conviction that shapes the whole.
Biography: Professor Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, City University of New York. Professor Fricker’s main areas of interest are in ethics, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy, with occasional forays into political philosophy. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Oxford (DPhil, 1996), then moved to the University of London for a Jacobsen Research Fellowship, which was followed by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. From 2000 to 2012, she taught in the Philosophy Department at Birkbeck, University of London; she served as Head of Department from 2011 to 2012, leaving to take up a Chair at the University of Sheffield.
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A drinks reception will follow the lecture.
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