2014–15 Tanner Lectures return to Tanner Lectures

  1. Thursday, March 5, 2015 "Private Government" Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan Commentators: ; Niko Kolodny, Professor of Philosophy, UC, Berkeley and Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values

    ELIZABETH ANDERSON is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The author of “Value in Ethics and Economics” (1993) and “The Imperative of Integration” (2010), she has written extensively on pragmatism, democratic theory, affirmative action and racial integration, antidiscrimination law, the ethical limitations of the market, social epistemology and the interaction of facts and values in the social sciences. She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present, with a special focus on abolitionist movements. She is President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also the founder and first Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at University of Michigan.

    TYLER COWEN is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book “The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better” was a New York Times best-seller. An Economist poll recently named him one of the most influential economists of the last decade and last year Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist." Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011. His latest book “Average is over: Powering America out of the Great Stagnation focused on the implications of growing inequality”. He also co-writes a blog for Marginal Revolution and he has recently initiated an on-line economics education project, MRUniversity.com. Cowen is published widely in philosophy journals, including Ethics and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

    NIKO KOLODNY is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1994, M.A. from Oxford in 1996, and Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2003. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor at Harvard. He teaches moral and political philosophy, and has written papers on love, rationality and democracy, among other subjects. He recently edited Death and the Afterlife (Oxford: 2013), based on Samuel Scheffler’s Tanner Lectures at Berkeley.

  2. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 "When the Market was 'Left'" Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan Commentators:  David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University and Ann Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History, Keele University McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values

    ELIZABETH ANDERSON is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women′s Studies at the University of Michigan‚ Ann Arbor.  The author of Value in Ethics and Economics (1993) and The Imperative of Integration(2010), she has written extensively on pragmatism‚ democratic theory‚ affirmative action and racial integration‚ antidiscrimination law‚ the ethical limitations of the market‚ social epistemology and the interaction of facts and values in the social sciences. She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present‚ with a special focus on abolitionist movements.  She is President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.  She is also the founder and first Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at University of Michigan.

     

  3. Thursday, October 18, 2012 Lecture Two: "Human Values in the Very Long Run" Ian Morris, Stanford University Friend Center, Room 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  4. Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Lecture One: "Human Values in the Very Long Run" Ian Morris, Stanford University Friend Center, Room 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values Learn more »

2011–12 Tanner Lectures return to Tanner Lectures

  1. Thursday, March 15, 2012 "Shakespeare and the Shape of a Life: The End of Life Stories" Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University Commentators:  Margreta de Grazia and Jeff Dolven 101 McCormick Hall, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  2. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 "Shakespeare and the Shape of a Life: The Uses of Life Stories" Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University Commentators:  Colin Burrow and Adam Phillips 101 McCormick Hall, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  3. Thursday, October 28, 2010 "American Grace: Religious Americans Are Nicer and Happier. Why?" Robert Putnam, Harvard University Commentators:  Marie Griffith / Harvard University; Mark Chaves / Duke University; Joshua Cohen / Stanford University; Henry Brady / UC Berkeley 101 Friend Center, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  4. Wednesday, October 27, 2010 "American Grace: Americans Are Religiously Devout and Religiously Divided, yet Religiously Tolerant. Why?" Robert Putnam, Harvard University Commentators:  Marie Griffith / Harvard University; Mark Chaves / Duke University; Joshua Cohen / Stanford University; Henry Brady / UC Berkeley 101 Friend Center, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values

2009–10 Tanner Lectures return to Tanner Lectures

  1. Friday, April 9, 2010 "The Decline and Fall of the American Republic: The Coming Crisis of Constitutional Legitimacy" Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School 301 Marx Hall, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  2. Thursday, April 8, 2010 "The Decline and Fall of the American Republic: A Politicized Military" Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School Commentators:  Jeffrey Tulis / UT Austin and Adrian Vermeule / Harvard Law School McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  3. Wednesday, April 7, 2010 "The Decline and Fall of the American Republic: An Extremist Presidency" Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School Commentators:  Eric Foner / Columbia University and Jane Mansbridge / Harvard University McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  4. Thursday, November 13, 2008 "Seeds of Humanity" Marc Hauser, Harvard University Commentators:  Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge; Helena Cronin, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Susan Gelman, University of Michigan; and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College McCosh 50, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  5. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 "Seeds of Humanity" Marc Hauser, Harvard University Commentators:  Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge; Helena Cronin, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Susan Gelman, University of Michigan; and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College McCosh 50, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  6. Thursday, November 8, 2007 “Meaning in Life and Why it Matters” Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values
  7. Wednesday, November 7, 2007 "Meaning in Life and Why it Matters" Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McCormick 101, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tanner Lectures on Human Values