The Wittgenstein Lectures were inaugurated 1987 and are funded from the central University budget. It was one of the first steps towards internationalization of teaching at the University. Traditionally we invite a renowned philosopher to hold a week of lectures and colloquia on themes central to our Philosophy & Economics programme.
All philosophy teaching stops for a week and the first lecture is usually followed by a reception. At the end of the series there is a short exam. Students get 2 ECTS for module V1. Sometimes we offer advanced seminar courses on the work of the Wittgenstein Lecturer.
The Wittgenstein Lectures are open to the public and all members of the University.
Summer Semester 2021:
The Grounds of Political Legitimacy
June 28 - July 02 2021
Prof. Dr. Fabienne Peter
University of Warwick
- Lecture 1: What Makes Political Decisions Legitimate?
- Lecture 2: Why Democracy?
- Lecture 3: The Value of Political Deliberation
- Lecture 4: Norms of Political Deliberation
- Lecture 5: Is Political Deference Ever Warranted?
Due to Covid 19-related travel restrictions, Fabienne Peter will not be able to come to Bayreuth but we have come up with what we hope will be a workable online format: The Monday and the Friday lectures will take place live via zoom. The lectures on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be made available as shorter pre-recorded videos and we will only have a live 90 minute Q&A session via zoom.
For access to the zoom link and more detailed information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Network Epistemology: What Economics and Philosophy Tell Us About Learning in Groups (unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic)
Prof. Dr. Kevin Zollman
Carnegie Mellon University
Blaming and Forgiving - The Work of Morality
Prof. Dr. Miranda Fricker
City University of New York Graduate Center
Climate Change and Obligations for Future Generations
Prof. Dr. Joseph Heath
University of Toronto
Markets and Morality
Prof. Dr. Debra Satz
Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society (Stanford University)
Preference, Prediction and Policy
Prof. Daniel M. Hausman
Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison
Left Libertarianism: Promise and Problems
Prof. Peter Vallentyne
Kline Chair in Philosophy University of Missouri-Columbia
The Ethics and Economics of Climate Change
Prof. John Broome
Emeritus White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford
The Revolution in Just War Theory
Prof. Jeff McMahan
White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford
The Robust Demands of the Good
Prof. Philip Pettit
Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics
and Human Values at Princeton University
Ethics and Public Policy
Prof. Jonathan Wolff
Professor of Political Philosophy, University College London
Values, Norms, Decisions
Prof. Wlodek Rabinowicz
Professor (emeritus) of Philosophy, Lund University
Collective Actions and the Commons: What Have We Learned?
Prof. Elinor Ostrom
Professor (emeritus) of Political Science, Indiana University
(Nobel Prize in Economics, 2009; †2012)
Philosophy Amid the Darkness of These Times
Prof. Jonathan Glover
Professor of Philosophy, King's College, University of London
From Rankings to Reasons
Prof. Michael Smith
McCosh Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
The Theory of (Un)Bounded Rationality: Games, Experiments and Evolution
Prof. Werner Güth
Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena
Evolution, Learning and the Social Contract
Prof. Brian Skyrms
Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at the University of California, Irvine
Knowledge and Representation
Prof. Keith Lehrer
David Hume as a Contemporary Political Theorist
Prof. Russell Hardin