Department of Philosophy

Hägerström Lectures

The initiative for the series of "Hägerström Lectures" was taken by the former professor of theoretical philosophy Stig Kanger. The idea was to invite an internationally known philosopher for a week to give five lectures with a common theme and hereby meet the teachers and students at the Department for less formal discussions. The series began in 1970 with Konrad Marc-Wogau (also a former professor of theoretical philosophy in Uppsala). The list of speakers include many of the twentieth century's most eminent philosophers such as W.V. Quine, David Lewis, Alonzo Church, Amartya Sen, Donald Davidson, Martha Nussbaum and Hilary Putnam.

The Hägerström lectures were given on a yearly basis until 2009, and as from then every two years. As from 2017 the number of lectures are three.

The complete list of Hägerström lecturers can also be downloaded here.

Hägerström Lectures

2017
Kendall Walton

2015
Rae Langton
Accomodating Injustice
November 30-December 4

2013
Timothy Williamson
Logic as Metaphysics
September 16-20

2011
Michael J. Zimmerman
Reconsidering the Moral Significance of Ignorance
October 10-14

2009
Bas van Fraassen
The Empirist Alternative
May 31-June 4

2008
Simon Blackburn
Pragmatists versus Frege: from Berkeley to Putnam
March 31-April 4

2007
Allan Gibbard
Meaning as a Normative Concept
May 28-June 1

2006
Ian Hacking
Five lectures: Kinds of people: moving targets; Autism: the very earliest days; Autism now, Obesity – where did the Body-Mass Index come from?; Nietzsche: “Unspeakably more depends on what things are called than on what they are”.
November 13-17

2005
John McDowell
Mind in Action
May 23-27

2004
Marie McGinn
Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy of Logic and Language
April 19-23

2003
Julia Annas
Virtue Ethics
May 19-23

2002
Christine Korsgaard
Self-Constitution: Action, Identity, and Integrity
November 25-29

2001
Richard Jeffrey
From Logical Empiricism To Radical Probabilism
May 16-22

2000
M. J. Cresswell
Telling It Like It Isn’t: The Importance of Falsity
May 15-18

1999
Margaret A. Boden
Creativity, Life and Mind
April 26-29

1997
Hidé Ishiguro
On Reference and Interpretation: Some Reflections on Frege’s Context Principle
June 2-7

1996
Judith Jarvis Thomson
Scepticism About Morality
April 15-19

1995
Martha C. Nussbaum
The Emotions
May

1994
John Broome
Weighing Lives
April 11-15

1993
D. Hugh Mellor
Causality
March 29-April 2

1991
Richard M. Hare
Ethical Theories: A Taxonomy
September 23-28

1990
Hilary Putnam
Does Philosophy Have a Future?
March 26-30

1989
Sören Halldén
Det förbryllade djuret: begreppsutveckling och evolutionär kunskapsteori
April 10-13

1988
David Kaplan
Word and Belief
April 9-13

1987
Dagfinn Føllesdal
Mening og Erfaring
Februari 2-6

1985
Saul Kripke
Time and Identity
December 9-12

1984
Wilhelm K. Essler
Some Notes on Induction, or Presystematic Considerations Concerning the Presuppositions of Induction and the Realm of Application of Methods of Inductive Logic in Induction.
April 2-6

1983
Jaakko Hintikka
Verum Organum, or the True Logic of Scientific Discovery
May 16-20

1981
Ingemar Hedenius
Sokrates och Jesus
December 7-11

1980
Donald Davidson
Towards a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action

1979
Erik Stenius
Semantik och Evidens
May 14-18

1978
Amartya Sen
Welfare and Rights
April 12-15

1977
David Lewis
Causal Explanation
May 24-June 2

1976
Alonzo Church
Comparison of Russell’s Resolution of the Semantical Antinomies with That of Tarski
March 23-30

1975
Peter Geach
The Virtues
April 16-23

1974
Patrick Suppes
Probabilistic Metaphysics
January 9-18

1973
Willard Van Orman Quine
The Roots of Reference

1972
Georg Henrik von Wright
Kausalitet och Frihet
January 28-February 9

1971
Konrad Marc-Wogau
Axel Hägerström och Uppsalaskolan