Lewis Burke Frumkes Lectures in Philosophy

The annual lecture series in philosophy is made possible by the generosity of donor Lewis Burke Frumkes. 

2013
Nancy Cartwright, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and Durham University (UK), will deliver the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Where Morals and Methods Mix -- and Not Always for the Best" on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at NYU's Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium.

2011
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance C. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, will deliver the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "The Life of Honor" on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center.

2010
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Global Justice and Political Philosophy" on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center.

2009
Paul Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Understanding Darwin" on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center. (Professor Kitcher replaced Nancy Cartwright, who was originally scheduled to speak on "Causation: What Can Be the Use of It?", but could not travel to New York due to a family emergency.)

2008
Jonathan Lear, John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Falling Short: Irony and Aspiration" on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center.

2007
Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Moral Obligations and Social Commands" on Monday, October 29, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center.

2007
Harry G. Frankfurt
, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Getting It Right" on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger and Jurow Lecture Halls, Silver Center.

2005
Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, Simon Blackburn, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "My Claim is that Morality is Nothing Other Than the Advantage of the Stronger Party...Well, Why aren't you Applauding?" (Plato, Republic) Click here to view the Webcast.

2004
Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "Simple Truths, Hard Problems: Some Thoughts on Terror, Justice, and Self-Defense." Click here to view the Webcast.

2003
Distinguished philosopher Peter Singer, DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, delivered the annual Frumkes Lecture, speaking on "George W. Bush and the Ethics of Protecting Human Life." Click here to view the Webcast.

2002
Distinguished philosopher Onora O'Neill, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation, delivered the 2002 Frumkes Lecture speaking on "Autonomy: The Emperor's New Clothes." Click here to view the Webcast.

2001
The 2001 Frumkes Lecture, "Time in Human Experience", was given by Jonathan Bennett, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the British Academy. Click here to view the Webcast.

2000
Philospher Bernard Williams presented the 2000 Frumkes Lecture on "Philosophy, Scientism, and the Need for History."