Philosopher to discuss norms in Oct. 6 Steinkraus Lecture

Dr. Cristina Bicchieri of the University of Pennsylvania will deliver SUNY Oswego’s Steinkraus Lecture on Human Ideals on Saturday, Oct. 6. Her topic will be “Do as They Do, Not as They Say: The Conditional Status of Norms.”

Bicchieri’s most recent book is “The Grammar of Society: The Nature and Dynamics of Social Norms,” published last year by Cambridge University Press.

The college’s annual Steinkraus Lectures are free and open to the public. This year’s will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Historic Lecture Hall, Room 222 of Sheldon Hall. Free parking will be available in the lots across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

The Warren Steinkraus Lecture Series was founded in honor of the late SUNY Oswego philosophy Professor Warren Steinkraus, who retired in 1987. For nearly 20 years, the Steinkraus Lectures have championed the ideals that he held valuable: social justice, equality and peace. Philosophers of international distinction have spoken.

Bicchieri is the Carol and Michael Lowenstein Term Chair, professor of philosophy and legal studies, and director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

She began studying philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Milan and earned her doctorate from Cambridge University. She has been a fellow at prestigious universities and institutes in Berlin, London, Uppsala, Jerusalem and elsewhere.

Among Bicchieri’s other books are “Rationality and Coordination,” “The Logic of Strategy, The Dynamics of Norms” and “Knowledge, Belief, and Strategic Interaction.”

People with disabilities who require assistance to attend the Steinkraus Lecture should contact Pat Meleski in SUNY Oswego’s philosophy department in advance at 312-2249 or

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(Posted: Sep 19, 2007)