James A. Moffett '29 Lectures in Ethics

The Moffett Lecture Series aims to foster reflection about moral issues in public life, broadly construed, at either a theoretical or a practical level, and in the history of thought about these issues. The series is made possible by a gift from the Whitehall Foundation in honor of James A. Moffett ’29.


Barbara Herman (UCLA): "The Challenges of Beneficence: Revising the Terms"

Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

ABSTRACT: Familiar accounts of beneficence take as its target human need. If, as is the case in our world, need is very large, the duty threatens to be demanding, interfering with our lives and our relationships.

Location: Friend Center, Lecture Hall 101

Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University): "What about the workers?"

Thu, Apr 16, 2020, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Anthony Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values Emeritus, Princeton University. 

Location: Friend Center, Lecture Hall 101