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2020 Keynote Speakers

Rae Langton

University of Cambridge

Rae Langton is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Newnham College. Born and raised in India, she studied Philosophy at Sydney and Princeton, and has taught philosophy in Australia, Scotland, the USA, and England. She held professorships at Edinburgh 1999-2004 and at MIT 2004-2013. She works in moral and political philosophy, speech act theory, philosophy of law, the history of philosophy, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013, to the British Academy in 2014, and to the Academia Europeae in 2017. She is one of five Cambridge faculty on Prospect Magazine’s voted list of 50 ‘World Thinkers 2014’, chosen for ‘engaging most originally and profoundly with the central questions of the world today’.


Michelle Kosch

Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Kosch received her PhD from Columbia University in 1999, has held positions at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. She has published two monographs (Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling ant Kierkegaard, OUP 2006, and Fichte’s Ethics, OUP 2018) and articles on many topics and figures in post-Kantian European philosophy. Current projects include work on Simone de Beauvoir’s ethical thought and Fichte’s political philosophy.                                                                                  

2020 Keynote Speakers

Peter Godfrey-Smith

The University of Sydney

Peter Godfrey-Smith grew up in Sydney and studied philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney. He did a PhD at UC San Diego and then taught at Stanford, ANU, Harvard, and the CUNY Graduate Center before moving back to the University of Sydney, where he is now Professor of History and Philosophy of Science. His main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. His five books include Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford, 2009), which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago, 2003), and Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life (FSG and Harper Collins, 2016), which won the 2019 Patrick Suppes Prize from the American Philosophical Society.


Stephen Gardiner

University of Washington

Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics. Steve has published on a diverse range of topics. His most recent books are Debating Climate Ethics (Oxford, 2016), a "for and against" book on climate justice, with David Weisbach, and the Oxford Handbook on Environmental Ethics (Oxford, 2016), co-edited with Allen Thompson.

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