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Warren Steinkraus Lecture

Established in 1988, the Warren Steinkraus Lecture on Human Ideals honors an active member and co-founder of several professional philosophical societies by bringing an engaging thinker and speaker to campus every year. Steinkraus, who passed away in 1990, was associate editor of the philosophy journal Idealistic Studies and personally committed to ideals such as social justice, equality, peace, nonviolence and aesthetic quality.

The Oswego College Foundation manages an endowment created by donations from Steinkraus’ many friends and admirers to fund the not-for-profit educational series.

This year's lecture featured Tulane professor Dr. Jonathan Riley, an expert on the work of influential 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill, presenting “Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Mill’s Political Philosophy and American Ideals” on Oct. 3. Learn more



Past Speakers

2015
Dr. Jonathan Riley
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Mill’s Political Philosophy and American Ideals

2014
Dr. Mark Wicclair
Conscientious Objection in Health Care: Deciding When to Accommodate Health Professionals

2013
Dr. Heather Douglas
Ideals For Responsible Science in Democratic Societies

2012
Dr. Peter Carruthers
Is Self-Knowledge Special? The Case Against

2011
Dr. Gary Varner
Personhood, Ethics, & Animal Cognition

2010
Dr. Udo Schuklenk
Doing Clinical Trials in Developing Countries Ethically

2008
Dr. Barbara Forrest
Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse

2007
Dr. Cristina Bicchierri
Do As They Do NOT As They Say: The Conditional Status of Norms

2006
Dr. Martha Nussbaum
Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies

Dr. Margaret Gilbert
The Morality of Obedience

2004
Dr. Henry Shue
Superpower Accountability

2003
Dr. James Robert Brown
Community of Science

2002
Dr. Steven Lee
Just War Theory in the 21st Century

2001
Dr. Howard McGary
Achieving Democratic Equality: Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Reparations

2000
Dr. Owen Flanagan
Minds, Morals & the Meaning of Life