Boswell Distinguished Lecturer in Philosophy Series

The Foster P. Boswell Distinguished Lecturer in Philosophy is a series that brings important philosophers and public intellectuals to campus to share their ideas with a general audience. Boswell lecture topics are sometimes issues of public policy, and sometimes just philosophically interesting problems. In addition to the public discussion, the Boswell speaker also meets informally with HWS students and faculty.

2018-19 Speaker

Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer
Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

April 16 at 4:30 p.m., Albright Auditorium

“Arguing about Immigration”

Walzer has enjoyed a significant career as a public intellectual and political theorist, having taught at both Princeton and Harvard before joining the Institute for Advanced Study. As a professor, author, editor and lecturer, he has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state.

The author of nearly 30 books including Just and Unjust WarsSpheres of JusticeThe Company of Critics and Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, his essays have also played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life.

For more than 30 years, Walzer was the editor of Dissent, an intellectual magazine founded in 1954. His most recent work, A Foreign Policy for the Left, was published in 2018. He is currently working on the fourth volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

Walzer’s visit is part of the Boswell Distinguished Lecturer in Philosophy Series at HWS, and which this year will be presented in honor of Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee, who is retiring this year following a nearly 40-year tenure at the Colleges. Lee’s scholarship addresses ethics, nuclear weapons and just war theory.


Scott Brophy
Professor of Philosophy
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