Mangoletsi-Potts lectures

The Mangoletsi-Potts Lectures are an annual series of four public lectures aimed at a general academic audience, addressing topics in 'theoretical philosophy' broadly construed. The series is funded by the Mangoletsi Trust.

The trust was set up by our late colleague Dr Timothy Potts to honour the commitment of his mother to education.

2022 lectures

The 2022 Mangoletsi-Potts lectures will be given by Professor John Norton on the theme of:

The Material Theory of Induction

John Norton is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of Pittsburgh, specialising in history and philosophy of science. Much of his recent research has looked at the varied nature of inductive inferences in science, involving e.g. reasoning by analogies and explanations.

Monday 27 June, 15:30 – 17:00
The Material Theory of Induction, Introduced
Liberty Building LT (LG.06)

Tuesday 28 June, 10:00 – 11:30
Analogy, Abduction and Simplicity
Liberty Building LT (LG.06)

Tuesday 28 June, 15:30 – 17:00
Why Not Bayes
Liberty Building LT (LG.06)

Wednesday 29 June, 10:00 – 11:30
There is No Complete Calculus of Inductive Inference
Mechanical Engineering LT B (2.37)

Previous lectures

  • 2019 Christina Van Dyke: Philosophy as a Way of Life: Self-Knowledge, Love, and Wisdom in the Medieval Contemplatives

  • 2018 Sally Haslanger: Ameliorating Social Practices: Cognition, Culture, and Critique

  • 2017 Mohan Matthen: Art's for Pleasure's Sake

  • 2016 Rae Langton: Doing and Undoing Things with Words

  • 2015 Helen Beebee: Turf Wars: Science and Metaphysics

  • 2014 John Cottingham: Towards a More Humane Philosophy of Religion

  • 2012 Dominic McIver Lopes: Four Arts of Photography

  • 2011 Jane Heal: Other Minds

  • 2010 Katherine Hawley: Distrust, Ignorance and Injustice

  • 2009 Peter van Inwagen: God, Science and Philosophy

  • 2008 John Dupré: The New Philosophy of Nature