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Immanuel Kant Lectures at Stanford

The Kant Lecture series is an annual tradition of the Stanford Philosophy Department. It takes place over the course of three days and includes two lectures and a discussion seminar, which are presented by a distinguished philosopher. Past lecturers have included John Rawls, Noam Chomsky, John Searle, Margaret Wilson, Wilfred Sellars, Michael Friedman and Peter Railton.


Future Lectures:

2020 - 2021 Kant Lectures

Sam Scheffler, New York University

May 19th - 21st, 2021

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2021 - 2022 Kant Lectures

Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan 

Past Lectures:

2018-2019 Kant Lectures

Anthony Appiah, Professor at New York University

24 April Lecture 1:

'The Place of Work'

5:30-7:00 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium


25 April Lecture 2: 

'Work and Class'

5:30-7:00 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium


26 April Discussion Seminar:

3:30-5:30 p.m., Building 200, Room 305







2017-2018 Kant Lectures

Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

March 14, 2018: Lecture 1

"Aesthetic Responsibility" 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Location: 380 – 380X

March 15, 2018: Lecture 2

"Selves Like Us" 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Location: 380 – 380X

March 16, 2018: Discussion

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Location: Building 90, Room 92Q



2016-2017 Kant Lectures

Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy, MIT


31 May Lecture I: What is a Social Practice (and Why Does it Matter)?

 5:30 p.m., BUiLDING 380, ROOM 380


1 June Lecture II: Practicing Social Critique

5:30 P.M., BUILDING 300, ROOM 300


2 June Discussion Seminar

 3:30 P.M., BUILDING 90, ROOM 92Q


2014 -2015 Kant Lectures

David Velleman, Professor of Philosophy, NYU 

Morality Here and There

12 Nov Lecture I: "Aristotle in Bali"

13 Nov Lecture II: "Kant Among the Sherpas"

14 Nov Discussion Seminar with Professor Velleman 







2013- 2014 Kant Lectures

Beatrice Longuenesse, Silver Professor of Philosophy, NYU

Self-consciousness and the first person.  Back to Kant, and back again.

7 May Lecture 1: “Uses of ‘I’”

8 May Lecture 2: “Kant on Persons”

9 May Discussion Seminar with Professor Longuenesse








2012 - 2013 Kant Lectures

Ned Block, Silver Professor of Philosophy, NYU

Attention and Perception.

5 December Lecture 1: "How Facts about Attention Constrain Philosophical Theories of Perception"

6 December Lecture 2: "The Grain of Vision and the Grain of Attention"

7 December Discussion Seminar with Professor Block