Tanner Lectures on Human Values

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values are presented annually at a select list of universities around the world. The University Center serves as host to these lectures at Princeton, in which an eminent scholar from philosophy, religion, the humanities, sciences, creative arts or learned professions, or a person eminent in political or social life, is invited to present a series of lectures reflecting upon scholarly and scientific learning relating to “the entire range of values pertinent to the human condition."


Richard Tuck (Harvard University): "Active and Passive Citizens"

Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Professor Tuck’s lectures will address the question of “Active and Passive Citizens.” The idea that democracy rests ultimately on majority voting plays remarkably little part in most current theories of democracy.  Instead, they stress (to take only a few examples) the importance of deliberation; or of bodies of rights which constrain...

Location: TBD

Richard Tuck (Harvard University): "Active and Passive Citizens"

Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Professor Tuck’s lectures will address the question of “Active and Passive Citizens.” The idea that democracy rests ultimately on majority voting plays remarkably little part in most current theories of democracy.  Instead, they stress (to take only a few examples) the importance of deliberation; or of bodies of rights which constrain...

Location: TBD

Tanner Committee

Stephen Macedo Chair
Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values

Charles R. Beitz
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics

Eric Gregory Ex Officio
Chair, Council of the Humanities and Professor of Religion

Melissa Lane
Director of the University Center for Human Values and Class of 1943 Professor of Politics

Philip Pettit
Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the University Center for Human Values

Gideon Rosen
Chair, Philosophy and Stuart Professor of Philosophy

Nigel Smith
William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature. Professor of English. Chair, Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Gabriel Vecchi Ex Officio
Chair, Public Lectures Committee and Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute