Austin & Hempel Speaker Series

About the Austin & Hempel Lectures:

The Austin & Hempel Visiting Speakers series was originally conceived and (anonymously) funded by the late David Braybrooke (1924-2013). He chose to name the fund after two very influential mid-20th-century philosophers, Carl Hempel (1905-1997) and J.L. Austin (1911-1960).

Hempel was a German philosopher and adjunct member of the Vienna Circle before WWII, who later taught in the USA. He was famous for practicing "Analytical Philosophy" (or "logical empiricism", as he called it), especially in the philosophy of science and philosophy of language. Austin, who taught as a professor at the University of Oxford after WWII, was famous for refining "Ordinary Language Philosophy", and for witty papers on ethics and philosophy of language. Together they represented for Braybrooke, the best of the new work in "Anglo-Austrian" (sometimes also labelled "ANglo-American") philosophy that distinguished contemporary philosophy from philosophy done in the spirit of the nineteeth and earlier centuries.

The original mandate of the Austin and Hempel series was to support four visiting speakers annually, preferably including one with interests in Feminist Philosophy and one with interests in Political Philosophy.

Many distinguished guests have lectured at Dalhousie since the inauguration of the series in 1990; and it continues to be a highlight of the Philosophy Department calendar.

If you are interested in any previous lectures, please see our list of archived lectures.


September 26th & 27th, 2019
Dr. Kristie Dotson - University of Memphis

Public Lesture
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Halifax Central Library
"On Justice For All"

Departmental Lecture
Friday, September 27th
Details to follow

October 10th & 11th, 2019
Dr. Dale Jamieson - New York  University

Public Lecture
Thursday, October 10th
Halifax Central Library - BMO Room (2nd floor)
"Loving Nature"

Department Lecture
Friday, October 11th
3:30 pm
Marion McCain room 1130
Improving Progressive Consequentialism