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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 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 pascal.weber@uni-bayreuth.de.

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

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