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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.

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



Past Lectures: 


2016-2017 Kant Lectures

Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy, MIT

May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2017.

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

 5:30 p.m., BUiLDING 380, ROOM 380C


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