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Tanner Lecture

Michigan is one of nine institutions worldwide that hosts an annual Tanner Lecture on Human Values. Tanner Lectures are funded through the generosity of the late Professor of Philosophy, industrialist, and philanthropist, Obert Clark Tanner, and his wife, Grace Tanner. Professor Tanner wrote:

I hope these lectures will contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind. I see them simply as a search for a better understanding of human behavior and human values. This understanding may be pursued for its own intrinsic worth, but it may also eventually have practical consequences for the quality of personal and social life.

Although the Tanners established the supporting endowment in 1978, Joel Feinberg's April 1977 lecture at Michigan inaugurated the international series of Tanner Lectures.

Each year, Michigan has a Tanner Lecture combined with an interdisciplinary symposium to which we invite distinguished scholars from around the world. The complete list of Tanner Lecture Programs at Michigan is available here.

2017-18 Tanner Lecture:

The Intrinsic Reward of a Life

Dr. Allan Gibbard

Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan Philosophy Department

4PM Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Michigan League Ballrooom (2nd Floor)

The 2017 Tanner Lecture at the University of Michigan will be given by our own Professor Allan Gibbard. This year's Tanner Lecture, taking place during the University's Bicentennial Celebration, will reflect on the historic role and future of philosophy at UM. Specifically, Professor Gibbard will discuss the history of ethics at UM and what he took from the Stevenson-Brandt-Frankena era, which made UM a leader in moral philosophy. 

Symposium on the Tanner Lecture

Thursday, September 28, 2017

10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. / Vandenberg Room, Michigan League


Allan Gibbard, University of Michigan

Stephen Darwall, Yale University

Connie Rosati, University of Arizona

Sigrun Svavarsdóttir, Tufts University


If you were unable to attend the lecture, click here to see a recording of Dr. Gibbard's lecture from Wednesday, September 27