The Annual London Lecture

Since 1998, the Institute has held an annual lecture, bringing a philosopher of international standing to London to give a talk on the topic of his or her choosing.

Pettit PhotoThe 2019 Annual Lecture will be given by Philip Pettit on 25 October at 5.30pm. His lecture is called, ‘My Three Selves’.  The location will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Philip Pettit holds a joint position as Professor of Human Values at Princeton University and Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He has written a number of books in political and moral philosophy, in social metaphysics, and in the philosophy of mind; his most recent is The Birth of Ethics (OUP 2018). He is giving the Locke lectures at Oxford in 2019. Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared from OUP in 2007, edited by Geoffrey Brennan, R.E.Goodin, Frank Jackson and Michael Smith.

In addition to the original Annual Lecture in London, there are now annual lectures in  Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.

You can see videos of past annual lectures here.

Past Annual Lectures

1998 Thomas Nagel,‘Conceiving the Impossible and the Mind-Body Problem’

1999 Alasdair MacIntyre, ‘Social Structures and their Threats to Moral Agency’

2000 Bernard Williams, ‘Philosophy as a Humanist Discipline’

2001 John Searle,‘Freedom of the Will as a Problem in Neurobiology’

2002 Mary Warnock,‘What is Natural and Should We Care About It?’

2003 Jürgen Habermas,‘Religious Tolerance? The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights

2004 Noam Chomsky,‘Simple Truths, Hard Choices: Some Thoughts on Terror, Justice and Self-defence

2005 John McDowell, ‘Intention in Action’

2006 Jerry Fodor,‘The Revenge of the Given: Mental Representation without Conceptualization’

2007 Sir Anthony Kenny,‘Knowledge, Belief and Faith: Is Religion Really the Root of all Evil?’

2008 T. M. Scanlon,Reassessing Reasons’

2009 Simon Blackburn, ‘The Sovereignty of Reason’

2010 Ned Block, ‘Attention and Mentalism’

2011 Derek Parfit, ‘Is Personal Identity What Matters?’

2012 Christine Korsgaard, ‘On Having a Good’

2013 Tyler Burge, ‘Perception: Where Mind Begins’

2014 David Chalmers, ‘Why isn’t there more progress in philosophy?’

2015 Amartya Sen, ‘Justice and the Idea of Objectivity’

2016 Timothy Williamson, ‘Speculative Philosophy’

2017 Rae Langton, ‘What’s the Point of Immortality?’

2018 Kwame Anthony Appiah, ‘What is a Science of Religion?’