The Merlan Lecture
The Scripps College graduating class of 1969 established and dedicated the Merlan Lecture to honor the memory of their beloved professor, Philip Merlan. Philip Merlan was a professor at Scripps college for 25 years, during which time he also held visiting positions at Bonn, Columbia, Munich, and Oxford. He is the author of more than 300 hundred papers on topics as diverse as the history of philosophy — particularly ancient, medieval, and early modern philosophy — as well as jurisprudence, and literature. His books, From Platonism to Neoplatonism and Monopsychism, Mysticism, and Metaconsciousness, are classic works of philosophy.
Franciszka Merlan’s name was added to the lectureship in 1983. Franciszka Merlan was committed to her husband’s work. She edited a posthumous eight volume series of his papers. She was also a respected scholar and teacher in her own right, holding positions at Columbia, Krakow, Pomona, and Scripps. Her name was added as a tribute to her contribution to her students, to Philip Merlan’s work, and to Scripps College.
|2016||Harry Frankfurt||Moral Reason and the Necessities of Love.|
|2015||Professor Derek Parfit||Can We Avoid the Repugnant Conclusion? On a Problem in the Ethics of Population.|
|2013||Professor Christine Korsgaard||On Having a Good|
|2011||Professor Ronald Dworkin||Einstein’s God: Must Religion Be Supernatural?|
|2010||Professor Daniel Dennett||Difficulties with Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: What Fodor and Nagel Don’t Understand|
|2008||Professor Peter Singer||Global Poverty: What Are Our Obligations?|
|2006||Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon||Women’s September 11th: Rethinking the International Law of Conflict|
|2005||Professor Amartya Sen||Why Should Justice Be Seen To Be Done?|
|2004||Professor Thomas Nagel||The Problem of Global Justice|
|2003||Professor Jonathan Lear||An Earnest Plea for Irony|
|2001||Professor Alfred Mele||Human Agency Par Excellence|