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.

2023 lectures

The 2023 Mangoletsi-Potts lectures will be given by Mark Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California on the theme of:

‘When Things Get Personal’

Professor Schroeder is an American philosopher whose scholarship focuses on metaethics and related areas, including topics in epistemology, metaphysics, normative ethics, practical reason, and the philosophy of language.

Lecture 1: ‘Introducing Discord’

Tuesday 23 May, 16:00–17:30, Nathan Bodington Chamber (followed by a reception in the Nathan Bodington Ante Room at 17:30)

Lecture 2: ‘Deference to Self-understanding’

Wednesday 24 May, 16:00–17:30, Nathan Bodington Chamber

Lecture 3: ‘Parental Concern’

Wednesday 31 May, 10:30–12:00, Nathan Bodington Chamber

Lecture 4: ‘Discord and Polarization’

Wednesday 31 May 16:00–17:30, Nathan Bodington Chamber

Previous lectures

  • 2022 Professor John Norton: The Material Theory of Induction – Introduced; Analogy, Abduction and Simplicity; Why Not Bayes; There is No Complete Calculus of Inductive Inference

  • 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