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The Tanner Lectures

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values is a multiversity lecture series in the humanities, founded on July 1, 1978, at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, by the American scholar Obert Clark Tanner. In founding the lecture, he defined their purpose as follows:I hope these lectures will contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind. I see them simply as a search for a better understanding of human behavior and human values. This understanding may be pursued for its own intrinsic worth, but it may also eventually have practical consequences for the quality of personal and social life.It is considered one of the top lecture series among top universities, and being appointed a lectureship is a recognition of the scholar's "extra-ordinary achievement" in the field of human values.

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A President for Dark Times: the Age of Reason Meets the Age of Trump

An analysis of the phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency against the backdrop and contrast of the European Enlightenment’s influence on the Founders of the United States. This lecture analyses the phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency against the backdrop and contrast of the European Enlightenment’s influence on the Founders of the United States. It also explains why his stark antithesis to Enlightenment values was a winning strategy in the 2016 presidential election and how it resonates with a shift from liberalism to populism, nativism, and authoritarianism. It also examines political forces in the U.S. that are opposing Trump as he ramps up his campaign for a second term.

49mins

2 May 2019

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Economics for the Human Race

An argument that a deeper understanding of modern economics and its insights is essential for reclaiming that connection. Economics has always been part of a broader humanist project, but that connection is often lost in the oversimplified version that dominates the public discourse. Professor Banerjee and Professor Duflo argue that a deeper understanding of modern economics and its insights is essential for reclaiming that connection. They will illustrate this by drawing on some of the key issues of today, such as immigration, trade, growth, poverty and inequality.

52mins

10 May 2018

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On the origin and nature of values

One of the world's leading theorist in Cosmology, Professor Ellis delivers the 2017 Tanner Lecture on Human Values Professor Ellis is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology and co-wrote the seminal work on general relativity theory “The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time” with Stephen Hawking. He is a Quaker and in 2004 he won the Templeton Prize for his work on the philosophical aspects of cosmology. He is a past President of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, and of the International Society for Science and Religion. Ellis was an outspoken opponent of apartheid during the 1970s and 1980s, was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa by Nelson Mandela, in 1999.

53mins

8 Jun 2017

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The Value of Europe and European Values

The Right Honourable Shirley Williams gave this, the 2016 Tanner Lecture on Human Values, just before the European Referendum where voters would be deciding whether to remain in the EU or Brexit.

35mins

10 Jun 2016

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From Moral Neutrality to Effective Altruism: The Changing Scope and Significance of Moral Philosophy .

The third in the series of the Tanner Lectures which serve to advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning relating to human values

58mins

12 Jun 2015

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