Talks

Invited Talks and Presentations

(A complete list of invited talks and presentations can be found on my Curriculum Vitae)

Major Invited Lectures

  • Featured Philosopher, Third Annual Gießen Summer School in Philosophy (public lecture and 2-day workshop on The Moral Nexus), June 2019
  • Featured Philosopher, XVIth Göttingen Colloquium in Philosophy (public lecture and 3-day symposium on The Moral Nexus), May 2019
  • Keynote Address, Bern-Zürich Workshop on Normative Ethics, June 2018
  • Joel Feinberg Lecture, Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics, January 2018
  • Mark Sacks Lecture, European Journal of Philosophy, Frankfurt, June 2017
  • Keynote Address, Conference on the Direction of Moral Duties, Simon Fraser University, May 2016
  • Carl G. Hempel Lectures (3 public lectures), Princeton University, May 2015
  • Justus Hartnack Lecture, University of Aarhus, November 2014
  • Keynote Address, Society of Applied Philosophy Conference, Oxford, June 2014
  • Potsdam Voltaire Lecture, Universität Potsdam, July 2013
  • Frankfurt Lectures (2 public lectures, one seminar), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, July 2013
  • Ethics Lectures (2 public lectures), Peking University, Beijing, May 2012
  • Keynote Address, 5th Annual Conference on Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy, Northwestern University, May 2011
  • Keynote Address, Conference on the Reasons of Love, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, June 2011
  • Zeno Lecture, University of Leiden, October 2010
  • Closing Plenary Address (“Abschlussvortrag”), Conference of the Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie (GAP), September 2009
  • Winchester Lecture, University of Oxford, June 2007
  • Three Erskine Lectures, University of Canterbury at Christchurch, Spring 2005
  • Keynote Address, British Society for Ethical Theory, Canterbury, September 1998
  • Keynote Address, Conference on Moral Responsibility and Ontology, Utrecht, June 1998

Some Upcoming Talks and Presentations

  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2019-20: 2-day visits to Gettysburg College [postponed]; Sewanee/University of the South [postponed]
  • Universität Zürich, May 28-29, 2020 [postponed]
  • Universität München, June 16-17, 2020 [postponed]
  • Workshop with Geoff Sayre-McCord and Michael Smith, Berlin, June 26-27, 2020 (organizer, with Einstein Ethics Group) [postponed]
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie, 25th Kongress, Colloquium presentation on “Recognition and the Moral Nexus”, September 7, 2020
  • Distinguished Visitor, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, October 19-23, 2020
  • Department Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, November 20, 2020

Past Talks and Presentations (since 2010)

  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2019-20, involving 2-day visits to the following American colleges and universities: Hendrix College (September 2019); Saint Joseph’s University (October 2019); Creighton University (October 2019); Kwnt State University (November 2019)
  • Meeting with Seminar on Relational Morality at Princeton University to discuss The Moral Nexus (May 2020)
  • “Social Agency and Relational Obligation”, Conference on Social Agency and Relational Normativity, Universität Wien, June 2019
  • “Resentment and Power: On the Social Dynamics of Blame”, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, June 17 2019
  • Symposia and Workshops on The Moral Nexus: 3-day colloquium in Göttingen, May 2019; 1-day workshop in Tilburg, Holland, June 2019; 2-day summer school in Gießen, June 2019; 1-day workshop and public book launch, King’s College London, July 2019
  • “Recognition and the Moral Nexus”, Conference on Recognition and the Second Person, Yale University, September 2018
  • “Discretionary Moral Duties”, Joel Feinberg Lecture, Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics, January 2018; keynote address, Bern-Zürich Workshop on Normative Ethics, June 2018; Universität Essen, July 2018
  • “Trust, Anger, Resentment: On Blame and the Economy of Disesteem”, University of London, May 2017; Mark Sacks Lecture, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, June 2017; Betzler Oberseminar, LMU München, June 2017; Ethics, Law, and Society Forum, Sonoma State University, October 2017; New York University, February 2018; Universität Erlangen, June 2018; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, December 2018; University of Toronto Legal Theory Workshop, March 2019; Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, May 2019
  • Workshop on book manuscript, The Moral Nexus, Berlin, May 2017; Frankfurt, June 2017
  • “Moral Address: What It Is, Why It Matters”, Conference on the Philosophy of Gary Watson, New Orleans, November, 2016
  • Workshop on The View from Here, University of Amsterdam, September 2016
  • Discussion of themes from The View from Here with Winnie Sung, Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy, April 2016
  • “Williams on Ethical Confidence”, Conference on Bernard Williams’s Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Oxford, July 2015
  • “Philosophy Talk” program on Regret, March Theater, Berkeley, June 2015 (for broadcast in summer 2015)
  • “The Moral Nexus: Toward a Relational Account”, Three Hempel Lectures, Princeton University, May 2015
  • “Relational Normativity and the Problem of Moral Obligation”, Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, Tulane University, March 2015; Philosophy Colloquium, Duke University, April 2015; University of Toronto, December 2015; Conference on The Direction of Moral Duties, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 2016; Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, November 2016; Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, December 2016
  • Seminar on The View from Here, University of Aarhus, Denmark, November 2014
  • “Value, Trauma, and the Future of Humanity”, Institute of Philosophical Research, UNAM, Mexico City, October 2014; Justus Hartnack Lecture, University of Aarhus, Denmark, November 2014; Workshop on Moral and Political Philosophy, Harvard University, October 2015
  • NOMOS symposium in Valencia, Spain, devoted to The View from Here, June 2014.
  • Roundtable on The View from Here (with L. Anderson, Stanford; David Hills, Stanford; N. Kolodny, Berkeley; S. Scheffler, NYU; S. Shiffrin, UCLA), The Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs, U. C. Berkeley, November 2013.
  • “A Secular Doctrine of Original Sin”, Public lecture on material from The View from Here, Program for Ethical Enquiry, Brown University, October 2013.
  • “Regret, Affirmation, Justification”, Colloquium discussion of material from The View from Here, Program for Ethical Enquiry, Brown University, October 2013.
  • “Bilateralität in der Moral”, The Frankfurt Lectures, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, July 2013 (two public lectures, and 1 colloquium discussion of the material); shorter version presented as The Potsdam Voltaire Lecture, Universität Potsdam, July 2013.
  • “Normative Interests, Normative Relationships, and the Problem of Promissory Obligation”, Pacific Division Meetings of the APA, San Francisco, March 2013; Keynote Lecture, Society for Applied Philosophy, Oxford, June 2014.
  • “The Fugitive Thought: Blackburn on Reasons”, Workshop on Ethical Rationalism, Princeton University, November 2012; University of Tennessee, March 2013.
  • “Emotions and Relationships. On a Theme from Strawson”, Conference on Responsibility and Relationships, College of William and Mary, September 2012; Research Seminar, University of Tennessee, March 2013; Johns Hopkins Seminar in Political and Moral Thought, February 2014; Princeton Political Theory Colloquium, February 2014; Philosophy Colloquium, UC Davis, May 2014; Keynote address, Workshop on “Verantwortung, Vorwürfe, Verzeihen”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, June 2014.
  • “A Modest Defense of Regret”, “Abschiedsfest” for Rüdiger Bittner, Bielefeld, July 2012.
  • “Regret and the Affirmation of Life: The Bourgeois Predicament”, Ethics Lecture 2, Peking University, Beijing China, May 2012.
  • “Regret, Attachment, and Moral Luck”, Ethics Lecture 1, Peking University, Beijing China, May 2012.
  • “Agency and Regret”, Pacific APA, April 2012.
  • Round Table on Nihilism in Literature and Philosophy, Stanford University, February 2012.
  • Three research seminars in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan (“Attachment and the Limits of Regret”; “Regret, Justification, and Moral Luck”; “Regret and the Affirmation of Life: The Bourgeois Predicament”), August 2011.
  • “Duties of Love”, Keynote Address, Conference on the Reasons of Love, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, May-June 2011; Royal Ethics Conference, University of Texas at Austin, February 2012; Zejiang University, Hangzhou China, May 2012; contribution to symposium (with David Owens) at the joint sessions of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, July 2012.
  • “Rightness and Responsibility”, Keynote Address, 5th Annual Conference on Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy, Northwestern University, May 2011; Hegel-Kongress, Stuttgart, June 2011; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, October 2011; Toronto Legal Theory Workshop, March 2012; Fudan University, Shanghai China, May 2012; USC Law and Philosophy Workshop, October 2012.
  • “The Bourgeois Predicament”, Zeno Lecture, University of Leiden, October 2010; Moral Philosophy Seminar, University of Oxford, November 2010; Universität Wien, December 2010; Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, January 2011.