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Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series

How Fascism Works

September 26 - 28, 2017

Trent University

Members of the Department of Philosophy at Trent University are pleased to announce the annual Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Jason Stanley of Yale University.

Jason Stanley is the author of How Propaganda Works, the winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in Philosophy. 


The Structure of Fascist Propaganda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5-7pm - Gzowski College 114


The Mythic Past

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5-7pm - Gzowski College 114


Us and Them

Thursday, September 28, 2017

5-7pm - Gzowski College 114


The Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series was established by the Philosophy Department at Trent in 1977 in honour of the late Gilbert Ryle. This year’s lectures are supported by the Franklin L. Matchette Foundation, the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences—Humanities, The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics, Traill College, Lady Eaton College, and by funds from members, alumni, and friends of the Department of Philosophy.

All members of the University and the general public are cordially invited to attend this free series of lectures.

For more information, please contact Kathy Axcell at 705-748-1011 x7166 or philosophy@trentu.ca.



Past Gilbert Ryle Lecturers: 1976-present

  • 2016-17:  Catherine Wilson, Life According to Nature
  • 2015-16:  Leo Groarke, Words, Pictures, Arguments: What Happens to Logic in an Age of Pictures?
  • 2014-15:  Richard Swinburne,  God and Christian Morality
  • 2013-14:  Harry Brighouse, Justice and Educational Policy
  • 2012-13:  Claudia Card,  Surviving Atrocities
  • 2011-12:   Sally Haslanger,  Doing Justice to the Social
  • 2010-11:  Anthony Grayling,  Forms of Liberty: The Evolution of an Idea and its Applications
  • 2009-10:  Paul Boghossian,  Rules, Relativism and Reduction
  • 2008-09:  No Ryle lectures this year.
  • 2007-08:   Nancy Fraser, Abnormal Justice
  • 2006-07:   Simon Blackburn, Pragmatism, Minimalism, and Common-Sense
  • 2005-06:  Evelyn Fox Keller, Self-Organization" and the Problem of Life
  • 2004-05:  Alvin Plantinga, Christian Belief and Science: surface conflict, deep discord: Naturalism and Science: surface concord, deep conflict
  • 2003-04:  Iris Marion Young, Political Responsibility and Structural Injustice
  • 2002-03:   Drucilla Cornell, Whose Development?: Freedom,Equality, and Globalization
  • 2001-02:  Dennis Dutton, Art and Human Evolution
  • 2000-01:   G. A. Cohen,  Rescuing Justice from Constructivism
  • 1999-2000:   Susan Haack, Defending Science - Within Reason
  • 1998-99:  Paul Churchland, New Light on Some Old Philosophical Problems: How Computational Neuroscience Illuminates Mind, Meaning, and Morals
  • 1997-98:  Thomas P. Kasulis, A Cultural Philosophy of Relationship—Intimacy vs. Integrity
  •  1996-97:   Kenneth Schmitz,  The Recovery of Wonder - Unmakable Things and the New Freedom
  • 1995-96:  Francis Sparshott, The Future of Aesthetics
  • 1994-95:  Calvin O. Shrag, The Portrait of the Self—After Postmodernity
  • 1993-94:  No lecture this year.
  • 1992-93:  William Newton-Smith,  The Nature of Rationality
  • 1991-92:  Jonathan Glover,  Ethics: Lessons From the Nazi Period
  • 1990-91:  Alan Donagan,  The Cartesian Myth Revisited (Cancelled)
  • 1989-90:  Martha Nussbaum, Aristotelian Politics—Human Functioning and Social Structure
  • 1988-89:   Daniel J. O’Connor,  Time and Free Will
  • 1987-88:  Tom Regan,  Individualism Reconsidered
  • 1986-87:  David Gallop, Reminations
  • 1985-86:  David Kaplan, Word and Belief
  • 1984-85:  Bernard Williams, Social Justice
  •  1983-84:  Errol Harris, Time and the World
  •  1982-83:   Donald Munro, Images of Human Nature
  •  1981-82:  Mary Midgley, Wickedness
  •  1980-81:  Richard Taylor, Directions of Moral Philosophy
  •  1979-80:  Robert Paul Wolff,  The Language of Marxian Economics
  •  1978-79:  A. J. Ayer, Hume’s Philosophy Reappraised
  •  1977-78:  William Dray, Theories of History
  •  1976-77: Master Anthony Kenny, Free Will and Responsibility