Kieran Setiya, a professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2019 New York Institute of Philosophy Biennial Lecture, “Public Philosophy,” on Fri., April 5.

Kieran Setiya, professor in the department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA. © Bryce Vickmark.

Kieran Setiya, a professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2019 New York Institute of Philosophy Biennial Lecture, “Public Philosophy,” on Fri., April 5, 5 p.m., at New York University’s Silver Center for Arts and Science, Jurow Lecture Hall (100 Washington Square East [enter at 31 Washington Place]).

In recent years, academic philosophers have increasingly pursued what is now called “public philosophy.” Many agree that this development is positive. But what is public philosophy? What should it be? And why does it matter? Looking back to models both ancient and modern, Setiya’s talk will be an exercise in public philosophy that explores the nature and value of public philosophy.

Setiya works on ethics and on related questions about human agency and human knowledge. He is the author of Reasons Without Rationalism and Knowing Right from Wrong. His self-help book, Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, was a Times Higher Education “Book of the Week”. He has also written about baseball and philosophy, philosophical progress, and the meaning of life.

The New York Institute of Philosophy is part of NYU’s Department of Philosophy, which is co-sponsoring the series. Registration is free but required; please register at http://bit.ly/public-philosophy. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The public may call 212.998.8320 or email nyip.events@nyu.edu with any questions.

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