The Ruth Barcan Marcus Memorial Lecture

Ruth Barcan MarcusYale University’s Department of Philosophy is honored to announce that Judith Jarvis Thomson from MIT will give the inaugural  Ruth Barcan Marcus Memorial Lecture.  The image to the left is of Prof. Marcus while she was a professor at Yale.

The talk will be at 4pm on Thursday October 25, 2018 in Linsly-Chittenden Hall room 101.  A reception will follow in the foyer area, LC 196.  The title of the talk is “Modus Ponens et Alia.”

This lecture series is made possible by the generosity of Professor Marcus’ family, friends, and colleagues and is in honor of her extraordinary achievements, mentorship, and leadership in philosophy and in academia.  Professor Marcus’ pioneering work–while still a student–permanently shaped modal logic and introduced insights the depth of which shows no signs of being exhausted.  Her contributions to philosophy of language, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and philosophy of mind are equally ground-breaking.  Generations of philosophers have benefited from not only Professor Marcus’ scholarship and rigor, but also from her friendship, loyalty, and steadfast courage.  And it is in recognition of all these remarkable qualities that our department is honored to host this event.

Judith Jarvis Thomson is one of the leading philosophers of our time.  A longtime member of the philosophy department at MIT, she is the author of numerous contemporary classics in moral philosophy, including “A Defense of Abortion” (1971) and “Killing, Letting Die, and the Trolley Problem” (1976)  – each of which has spawned a huge literature – as well as several books in ethics and in metaphysics, such as Acts and Other Events (1977), The Realm of Rights (1990), Goodness and Advice (2001), and Normativity (2008).  A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Thomson has been a visiting professor at Berkeley, UCLA, Princeton, and Yale.