Leverhulme Lecture Series 2008

Professor Catherine Wilson is to present this year's Leverhulme Lectures, a series of five public talks on ‘Life According to Nature’.

Professor Catherine Wilson

The lectures will draw on recent literature in the burgeoning field of evolutionary ethics, as well as on classical philosophical sources including the Stoics, Kant, and Rousseau.

Professor Wilson will explore some of the relationships - actual, hypothetical, and imaginary - between nature, culture, and morality.

Some of the topics to be addressed include the Darwinian account of the origins of human morality; the problem of “naturalism” in ethical theory and specialisation and the origins of social inequality.

These events are presented by the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, with the help of the Leverhulme Trust.


Full details of these lectures are available on the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences website.

Leverhulme Lectures full details

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Ms Susan Richards on 0131 651 3733 or email her at the address below.

Professor Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson is Visiting Leverhulme Professor in Philosophy at the University.

She is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Andrew Heiskell Research Scholar at City University of New York Graduate Center.

She has published widely on the history and philosophy of science, moral theory and the philosophy of literature.

Event details

All lectures will be held in Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE.

Prospects and Problems for Evolutionary Ethics

Monday 18 February 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 18 February 2008, 7.00pm

Naturalism and Moral Truth

Monday 25 February 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 25 February 2008, 7.00pm

Specialisation and the Problem of Equality

Monday 3 March 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 3 March 2008, 7.00pm

Domestic Life in Evolutionary Perspective

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Monday 10 March 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 10 March 2008, 7.00pm

The Golden Age

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Monday 17 March 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 17 March 2008, 7.00pm