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The 2013 Uehiro Lectures

Michaelmas Term 2013

Title: "When Does Equality Matter?"


Professor Tim Scanlon

We are very grateful to Professor Tim Scanlon (Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, Harvard University) for delivering the 2013 public Uehiro Lecture Series in December 2013.




Resources: All available lecture resources, including audio and video files can be found here


Lecture 1: "Equal Treatment"
Thursday 5th December 2013, 5pm - 7pm
T S Eliot Theatre, Merton College Oxford OX1 4JD (Lecture theatre entrance on Rose Lane) MAP

Lecture 2: "Equal Status"
Monday 9th December 2013, 5pm - 7pm
Old Indian Institute, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD (located on the corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) MAP

Lecture 3: "Equal Opportunity"
Tuesday 10th December 2013, 5pm 7.20pm*
Old Indian Institute, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD (located on the corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) MAP
*includes a roundtable discussion with Professors John Broome, Janet Radcliffe Richards and David Miller to follow the lecture, ending with open discussion.

Professor Scanlon received his B.A. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Harvard. In between, he studied for a year at Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. He taught for many years at Princeton before taking up a position at Harvard in 1984. His dissertation and some of his first papers were in mathematical logic, where his main concern was in proof theory, but he soon made his name in ethics and political philosophy, where he developed a version of contractualism in the line of John Rawls, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Professor Scanlon has also published important work on freedom of speech, equality, tolerance, foundations of contract law, human rights, conceptions of welfare, theories of justice, as well as on foundational questions in moral theory. His books include What We Owe to Each Other (Harvard University Press, 1998) and The Difficulty of Tolerance (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Other recent publications include Moral Dimensions: Permissibility, Meaning, Blame, published by Harvard University Press in September 2008.


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