Author, philosopher Margaret Gilbert to deliver Steinkraus Lecture

Margaret GilbertAuthor and scholar Margaret Gilbert will be the featured speaker at SUNY Oswego’s 19th annual Warren Steinkraus Lecture on Human Ideals on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Her talk, “The Morality of Obedience,” will highlight a program beginning at 2:15 p.m. in Room 222 of Sheldon Hall on campus. The event will be free and open to the public.

Gilbert has written several books including “On Social Facts,” “Living Together: Rationality, Sociality and Obligation” and “Sociality and Responsibility: New Essays in Plural Subject Theory.” She has also authored many articles such as “Vices and Self-Knowledge,” “About Conventions” and “On Being Characterized in the Speech of Others.”

Currently the occupant of the Abraham I. Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine, Gilbert has a record of contributions in the field of ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of social science.

A graduate of Cambridge and Oxford universities and a longtime professor at the University of Connecticut, she has penned influential articles that have been translated into French, Italian and Chinese.

Gilbert has argued that when individuals act as part of a group, they often act on intentions that are not their own, but rather the intentions of the group. More recently, she has examined the relevance her theory has for political philosophy.

The Warren Steinkraus Lectures were founded in honor of Oswego philosophy Professor Warren Steinkraus, who retired in 1987 and died in 1990. He was co-founder of the Gandhi-King Society and associate editor of the philosophy journal “Idealistic Studies.” The annual event at SUNY Oswego champions the ideals to which he was committed including social justice, equality, peace and non-violence.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s College of Arts and Sciences, department of philosophy and Friends of the Lecture Series.

For more information, call 312-2781.

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(Posted: Sep 13, 2006)