Gramlich Lecture

The Natural and the Moral Order: What's to Blame?

Lecture by Nancy Cartwright

Thursday, May 19, 2016
41 Haldeman Hall
Free & open to all
Reception follows

Regarded as one of the most influential philosophers in the world, Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham (UK) and the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include philosophy and history of science (especially physics and economics), causal inference, causal power, scientific emergence and objectivity and evidence. Her current work, for the project "Knowledge for Use," investigates how to use scientific research results for better policies. She is the author of a number of books, including How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983), The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science (1999), and Evidence: For Policy and Wheresoever Rigor is a Must (2013), and she is past president of the Philosophy of Science Association and the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division).

Mohan Matthen (Toronto) to deliver 41st Gramlich Lecture

Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver this year's Gramlich Lecture, "Pleasure and Art". Professor Matthen has published widely in the philosophy of perception, philosophy of biology, and ancient philosophy, and, more recently, the philosophy of art.


Art has value. At least in part, this is because it gives pleasure. What is the nature of this pleasure, and how does it confer value? In this paper, I offer an account of aesthetic pleasure as a mental state. I describe a certain type of pleasure—facilitating pleasure, as I call it—and show how aesthetic pleasure is a special kind of this. My account helps show how the psychology of human evaluation of beauty parallels the normative structure of Kantian philosophical aesthetics.