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The 36th H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture – Registration closed

Sally HaslangerThursday, 26 May 2022, 5pm
10 Merton Street Lecture Theatre, University College, Oxford

Registration has now closed for this event.

The lecture this year, which is the 36th in the series funded by the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, will be given by Professor Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the subject “Social Justice, Culture and Law.”

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Followed by a drinks reception in the Fellows’ Garden (weather permitting).

One important way to promote social justice is to change the laws to distribute rights, primary goods, and other benefits and burdens more fairly. But justice isn’t only about distribution, and law is not always the best way to promote social change. As Lawrence Lessig has argued, law can serve as a way to change social norms; but legal changes that are insensitive to entrenched cultural norms are often unhelpful. This lecture sketches an account of social structure as a complex of social meanings, material conditions, and normative constraints, and points to multiple levers for social change, with special attention to the importance of community activism and social movements.

About the speaker
Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT. She has published in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. Broadly speaking, her work links issues of social justice with contemporary work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. More…

The H.L. A. Hart Memorial Lecture

H L A Hart
The H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture delivered in Oxford by a distinguished speaker. The lecture is named for H.L.A. Hart (1907-1992), who became Professor of Jurisprudence in Oxford in 1952 and was the author of the highly influential book The Concept of Law. The lecture takes place under the auspices of University College, Oxford, where Hart held his chair, and is supported by the Tanner Lectures on Human Values. More about H.L.A. Hart.

Photo of Professor Sally Haslanger – Jon Sachs

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