The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, founded July 1, 1978, at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, was established by the American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner. Lectureships are awarded to outstanding scholars or leaders in broadly defined fields of human values and transcend ethnic, national, religious, or ideological distinctions. Volume 32 features lectures given during the academic year 2011-2012 at the University of Michigan; Princeton University; Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Utah; and Yale University. This volume includes the following lectures:
John Broome, “The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change”
John Broome is the Whites Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Corpus Christi College in Oxford. He has written six books.
John M. Cooper, “Ancient Philosophies as Ways of Life”
John Cooper is the Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. His books include Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus and Panentheism: The Other God of the Philosophers.
Stephen Greenblatt, “Shakespeare and the End of Life History”
Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Swerve: How the World Became Modern and Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.
Lisa Jardine, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: C. P. Snow and J. Bronowski” and “Science and Government: C. P. Snow and the Corridors of Power”
Lisa Jardine is a professor of Renaissance studies at University College London, where she is the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in the Humanities and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She has published more than fifty scholarly articles and seventeen books, including Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory.
Samuel Scheffler, “The Afterlife”
Samuel Scheffler is University Professor and a professor of philosophy and law at New York University. He has published four books in the areas of moral and political philosophy, including Equality and Tradition.
Abraham Verghese, “Two Souls Intertwined”
Abraham Verghese is a professor of medicine and senior associate chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University. He has published widely across disciplines, including My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story and the novel Cutting for Stone. He is perhaps best known for his deep interest in bedside medicine and work in the medical humanities.
Table of Contents
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values
Preface to Volume 32
John Broome - The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change
John M. Cooper - Ancient Philosophies as Ways of Life
Lecture I. Socrates
Lecture II. Plotinus
Stephen Greenblatt - Shakespeare and the End of Life History
Lisa Jardine - Lecture I. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Lecture II. Science and Government
Samuel Scheffler - The Afterlife
Abraham Verghese - Two Souls Intertwined
The Tanner Lecturers