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Eleventh Lindner Lecture in Ethics to Feature Stephen Darwall

The Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale to speak on Oct. 6

29 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Stephen Darwall, the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy and chair of the department at Yale University, will present “What Are Moral Reasons" at the 11th Lindner Lecture in Ethics on Thursday, Oct. 6, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

The following day, Friday, Oct. 7, a panel of Darwall, Paul Hurley, the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, and Japa Pallikkathayil, assistant professor of philosophy at The University of Pittsburgh, will convene at 11 a.m. in Scovel 205 (944 College Mall) for an “Author Meets Critics” session.

Darwall received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught for 24 years at the University of Michigan and, before that, for 12 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as an editor for Philosophers’ Imprint, a refereed series of original papers in philosophy founded in the spirit of the Open Access movement, whose mission is to promote a future in which funds currently spent on journal subscriptions are redirected to the dissemination of scholarship for free, via the internet. He has authored several books including “Impartial Reason,” “Philosophical Ethics,” and “Welfare and Rational Care” with the most recent being “Morality, Authority, and Law: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics I,” and “Honor, History, and Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II.”

Hurley received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame; his master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh; and his Ph.D. in philosophy, from the University of Pittsburgh.  Hurley’s areas of expertise are absolutism vs. relativism, ethics and moral issues, human rights, political philosophy, and property rights.

Pallikkathayil received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and government, with honors, from Georgetown Universit, and her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. Prior to joining Pittsburgh University, she taught at NYU. She works on issues at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and has recently focused on the topics of coercion, deception, and exploitation.

The Lindner Lecture in Ethics is supported by the The Lindner Endowment, which was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Carl H. Lindner to support the department of philosophy in the teaching of ethics. Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.