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John Broome giving the 2014 Wittgenstein Lecture at the Univsersity of Bayreuth

Wittgenstein Lectures

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 of the new PO get 2 ECTS for module V1. Students of the old PO get 2 ECTS for module area V, but are only allowed to credit no more than two Wittgenstein Lectures. 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 2019, 17-19 June:
Blaming and Forgiving - The Work of Morality

Prof. Dr. Miranda Fricker
City University of New York Graduate Center


  • Monday, 17 June: The Point of Moral Address - From the State of Nature to
    Paradigm-based Explanation (16–18 c.t. H 24 (RW I)) I Reception
  • Tuesday, 18 June: Paradigm Blame - Its Powers and Pathologies (Lecture: 10–12 c.t. H 13 (NW I) I Colloquium: 14–16 c.t. H 13 (NWI))
  • Wednesday, 19 June: Paradigm Forgiveness - Its Powers and Pathalogies (Lecture: 10–12 c.t. (Audimax) I Colloquium: 14–16 c.t. H 24 (RW I))
  • Monday, 24 June: Exam: 16:30 –17:30 s.t. Audimax

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

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