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The David Norton Memorial Lectures honor the late UD Philosophy professor. The Norton Lecture presents contemporary work by leading figures in philosophy in a manner accessible to the general University of Delaware community. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The lectures are supported by the David Norton Memorial Fund honoring the late UD Philosophy professor, the Class of 1955 Ethics Endowment Fund, the Department of Philosophy, and the Makiguchi Foundation.                    

More information: 302-831-2359

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Upcoming Norton Lectures


 

 

How Racial Stereotypes Wrong: A Political Ethics of Belief1236How Racial Stereotypes Wrong: A Political Ethics of BeliefGore Hall, Room 1043/1/2024 8:30:00 PM3/1/2024 10:00:00 PM<img alt="" src="/CASEventsImages/Philosophy%20(Humanities)/Tommie%20Shelby%20headshot.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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​​Past Norton Lectures


 

 

Should we be Moral Relativists?961Should we be Moral Relativists?Memorial Hall 12710/20/2023 7:30:00 PM10/20/2023 9:00:00 PM<img alt="" src="/CASEventsImages/Philosophy%20(Humanities)/DSC06134.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Keith Whittington, Princeton, "Can State Legislatures Ban Critical Race Theory?"679Keith Whittington, Princeton, "Can State Legislatures Ban Critical Race Theory?"Gore Hall, Room 1034/14/2023 7:30:00 PM4/14/2023 8:30:00 PMGP0|#3841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a;L0|#03841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a|Lecture/Talk;GTSet|#40f43609-b3a6-498e-b810-f62732269299;GPP|#7ae17a5c-653c-4d0b-96a7-3b708b59814d
Kieran Setiya, MIT, "Absurdity and Meaning"92Kieran Setiya, MIT, "Absurdity and Meaning"9/16/2022 7:30:00 PM9/16/2022 8:30:00 PM<img alt="" src="/CASEventsImages/Philosophy%20(Humanities)/220916-Setiya-Kieran-Norton.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />GP0|#3841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a;L0|#03841822e-14d7-4e4e-97c4-558d6745ac8a|Lecture/Talk;GTSet|#40f43609-b3a6-498e-b810-f62732269299;GPP|#7ae17a5c-653c-4d0b-96a7-3b708b59814d

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​​Fall​ 2019
Robert P. George Princeton University, “Constitutional ​Structures and Civic Virtue”
Spring 2019​​ Jeremy Waldron, NYU, School of Law, "Philosophical Foundations for Migration Law"​​
Fall 2018 Roy Sorensen, Washington University in St. Louis, "Never Ending News"
Spring 2018 Kok-Chor Tan, University of Pennsylvania, "International Territorial Rights: An Institutional Account"
Spring 2017 Victor Tadros, University of Warwick School of Law, "A Moral Law for War"
Fall 2016 Samantha Harris, Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), "Due Process and Sexual Misconduct on Campus"​​

Fall 2015 Jason Stanley, Yale University, "The War on Thugs: Propaganda, Politics, and Mass Incarceration"
Spring 2015 Samuel Scheffler, New York University, "Why Worry About Future Generations?"
Fall 2014 Douglas Husak, Rutgers University, "Why Does Our Punitive Drug Policy Persist? A Speculative Thesis"
Spring 2014 Alexander Nahamas, Princeton University, "Can the Art of Living Be Taught?"
Fall 2013 Philip Pettit, Princeton, "Democracy and Justice"
Spring 2013 Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University, "Are Psychopaths Responsible?"
Fall 2012 Philip Kitcher, Columbia University, "Ethics as a Human Project"
Spring 2012 Michael Bratman, Stanford University, "The Philosophical Significance of the Human Ability to Plan"
Fall 2011 Ronald Dworkin, New York University School of Law, "Religion Without God"
Spring 2011 Margaret Gilbert, University of California, Irvine, "Dark Duties: Does "I was ordered to do it" excuse a bad action?"
Fall 2009 Larry Temkin, Rutgers University, "Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideas and the Nature of Practical Reasoning"
Spring 2009 Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania, "Social Bases of Distributive Justice"
Fall 2007 Holmes Ralston Ill, Colorado State University, "The Future of Environmental Ethics"
Spring 2006 Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "What's Wrong with Intelligent Design Theory?"
Fall 2005 Daniel Dennett, Tufts University, "Darwin, Meaning, Truth & Morality"
Spring 2005 Nel Noddings, Stanford University, "Public Schools in Peril: A Threat to Democracy?"
Fall 2004 Richard Rorty, Stanford University, "The Priority of Imagination over Reason"
Spring 2004 Judith Thomson, MIT, "On Some Human Rights"
Fall 2003 Virginia Held, Virginia Held, CUNY, "The Caring Person"
Spring 2003 John Perry, Stanford University, "Is there Hope for Compatibilism?"
Spring 2002 Peter Singer, Princeton University, "Ethics and the Global Community"
Fall 2001 Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania, "What's in the Dish? Stem Cells and the New Ethics of Human Development"
Spring 2001 Louise Antony, Ohio State University, "Natures, Norms and the Foundations of Liberalism"
Spring 2000 Theodore Glasser, Stanford University, "Accountability in Journalism: What's Missing, What's Needed"
Spring 1999 Paul Churchland, University of California, San Diego, "How the Brain Embodies Moral Knowledge: New Insights from Neural Network Theory"
Spring 1998 Mark Sagoff, University of Maryland, "Is the Environmental Crisis Over"
Spring 1997 Michael Krausz, Bryn Mawr College, "Chosing What One is Cut To Be: Reflections on David Norton".​
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