Carl G. Hempel Lectures

The Hempel Lectures, as they have come to be known, is an annual series of three lectures sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, each on a separate topic within an overall theme.  The series began in 1961 when Norman Malcolm visited the department and gave a series of three lectures.  The "Three Lecture Series" was renamed in 1989 to honor Carl Gustav Hempel, a central figure in the development of logical empiricism and a friend and colleague of the Department of Philosophy, where he was the Stuart Professor of Philosophy from 1955 until his retirement in 1973.   A student of mathematics, physics and philosophy, Hempel is remembered not only for his contributions to the study of philosophy and his meticulous attention to the details of argument and definition, but also for his courtesy, kindness and generosity of spirit.  You can read more about Carl Gustav Hempel here.

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Upcoming Carl G. Hempel Lectures

2021 Carl G. Hempel Lectures

Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: TBD

2021 Carl G. Hempel Lectures

Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: TBD

2021 Carl G. Hempel Lectures

Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: TBD

Past Carl G. Hempel Lectures

2020
Cian Dorr (N.Y.U.):
"The Multiplicity of Meaning"

2019
Sally Haslanger (M.I.T.):
"Ideology, Critique, and Conceptual Amelioration"

2018
Tommie Shelby (Harvard):
"Incarceration as Punishment? Prison Abolition and Critical Theory"                                           

2017
Dan Sperber (Central European University, Budapest/Institut Nicod, Paris):
"Rethinking Social Ontology"                         

2016
Dorothy Edgington (Birkbeck, University of London):
"Suppositions, Uncertainty and Indeterminacy"