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Howison Lectures in Philosophy

In 1919, friends of Professor George Holmes Howison, many of whom had also been his students, established the Howison Lectures in Philosophy at the University of California. In their bequest, the donors wrote, "Professor Howison held the reasoned conviction that this world to its very depth is kindred to the human spirit; that it is a community of free persons, finite and infinite, sustained by the vision of the Perfect; and all his great powers were directed to awaken in others a loyalty to these ideas. And those, it would seem, would most speak from a foundation in his memory who were able to share with him this high purpose and conviction." Distinguished philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky have delivered Howison Lectures in Philosophy.

Howison Archives

Title Lecturer Year
The Theoretical Impulse in Plato and Aristotle
Broadie Sarah 2014
Reason, Genealogy, and the Hermeneutics of Magnanimity
Brandom Robert 2013
Death and the Ancient Philosophers
Barnes Jonathan 2012
Proof, Truth, Hands, and Mind
Hacking Ian 2010
Thinking and Talking About the Self
Perry John 2009
What We See
Dretske Fred 2007
The Ethics of Blame
Scanlon Thomas 2007
Intention in Action
McDowell John 2006
Thomson Judith Jarvis 2005
The Meaning of 'Ouch' and 'Oops'
Kaplan David 2004
Truth, Interpretation, and the Point of Moral Philosophy
Dworkin Ronald M. 2002
Philosophy the Day After Tomorrow
Moments in Nietzsche, Jane Austen, et cetera
Cavell Stanley 2002
The Wittgensteinian Event
Cavell Stanley 2002
On Aristotle's Notion of the Soul
Frede Michael 2000
The Dappled World
Cartwright Nancy 1999
Freedom, Anger, Tranquility: An Archaeology of Feeling
Burnyeat Myles 1996
Ancient Freedoms
Burnyeat Myles 1996
Anger and Revenge
Burnyeat Myles 1996
Happiness and Tranquility
Burnyeat Myles 1996
Naturalism and Dualism in the Study of Language and Mind
Chomsky Noam 1994
Philosophy and the Fragments of Enlightenment
Williams Bernard 1988
The Concept of Practical Reason
Habermas Jürgen 1988
Morality, Law and Politics
Habermas Jürgen 1988
On the Concept of Practical Reason
Habermas Jürgen 1988
Moral Conflict and Political Legitimacy
Nagel Thomas 1987
The Justification of Logical Laws
Dummett Michael A. E. 1986
A Reconception of Philosophy
Goodman Nelson 1985
Socrates' Disavowal of Knowledge
Vlastos Gregory 1984
The Socratic Fallacy
Vlastos Gregory 1984
Rorty Richard 1983
The Transcendence of Reason
Putnam Hilary 1981
Why There Isn't a Ready-Made World
Putnam Hilary 1981
Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized
Putnam Hilary 1981
Truth and Subjectivity
Foucault Michel 1980
The Limits of Rationality
Suppes Patrick 1979
Constructivist Moral Conceptions
Rawls John 1979
Causal Explanation
Lewis David 1979
The Identity of the Self
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Nozick Robert 1978
Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language
An Exposition
Kripke Saul 1977
Perception and Its Objects
Strawson Peter F. 1977
Reference and Its Roots
Strawson Peter F. 1977
Truth, Determinism and Uncertainty
Patzing Gunther 1971
Sincerity and Uncertainty
Hampshire Stuart N. 1968
Problems of Induction
Hempel Carl G. 1964
Causes of Belief and Reasons for Belief
Price Henry H. 1963
Geach Peter 1963
The Intentionality of Sensation
A Grammatical Feature
Anscombe Elizabeth 1963
Man, Techniques, and Meta-Techniques
Marcel Gabriel Honor 1961
The Cognitive Status of Theories
Nagel Ernest 1960
The Assuming of Objects
Van Orman Quine Willard 1959
Aristotle's Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Historiography
von Fritz Kurt 1957
Paradox and Discovery
Wisdom John 1957
Logic and Philosophy
Bochenski I.M. 1956
The Impasse of Ethics
and a Way Out
Blanshard Brand 1954
Some Problems in the Theory of Meaning
Ryle Gilbert 1954
Mysticism and Human Reason
Stace Walter T. 1954
The Acceptance of Time
Boas George 1949
Inclinations and Obligations
Meiklejohn Alexander 1947
Sheldon Wilmon Henry 1946
The History of Townsend
Townsend Harvey Gates 1945
The Method of Knowledge in Philosophy
Ducasse Curt John 1944
Philosophy Goes to War
Bakewell Charles Montague 1943
Social Studies and Objectivity
Sabine George Holland 1941
Moore George Edward 1941
Empiricism and Natural Knowledge
Pratt James B. 1940
Politics and Morals in Spinoza
Prall David W. 1938
Politics and Morals in Spinoza
Lamprecht Sterling Power 1938
Limits of Cognition and Exigencies of Action
Gomperz Heinrich 1937
Knowledge and Self-Consciousness
Stuart Henry W. 1936
An Approach to a Theory of Nature
Woodbridge Frederick J. E. 1935
Perspective and Contact in the Meaning Situation
Cunningham G. Watts 1934
Theory and Practice
Schiller F. C. S. 1933
The Uniqueness of Man
Everett Walter Goodnow 1932
Thought and Context
Dewey John 1931
Recent Ethical Theories
Tufts James H. 1930
Wenley Robert Mark 1929
Space and Time
McGilvary Evander Bradley 1927
The Pragmatic Element in Knowledge
Lewis Clarence Irving 1926
Time and the Fourth Dimension
Montague William Pepperell 1925
A Modernist View of National Ideals
Perry Ralph Barton 1925
The Discontinuities of Evolution
Lovejoy Arthur Oncken 1923
Naturalism and the Belief in Purpose
Hocking William Ernest 1922
Intuitionism and Idealism
Hocking William Ernest 1922
Realism and Mysticism
Hocking William Ernest 1922