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Philosophy

Philosophy John J. Ziegler Memorial Lecture Series

The John J. Ziegler Memorial Lecture Series brings a distinguished academic philosopher to Saint Xavier to address a wide audience on a topic of general interest.

John Ziegler was a member of the faculty of Saint Xavier and of the Department of Philosophy from September 1956 to December 1987. During his years at Saint Xavier, he made many outstanding contributions to both the Department of Philosophy and the wider University community. In September 1995, Professor Ziegler passed away, but his colleagues, friends and former students will always remember him for his keen intellect, zest for learning, commitment to liberal education, kindness and sense of humor.

Dr. George Matthews, then vice president for academic affairs at Saint Xavier, dedicated the 1995-96 academic year to the spirit of John Ziegler. During that year, the Department of Philosophy proposed the creation of a lecture series to honor Professor Ziegler’s memory. Thanks to the generosity of the Ziegler family, as well as donations from fiends and colleagues, the proposal became a reality.

We have been fortunate in having the following distinguished group of philosophers deliver the Ziegler Memorial Lecture since its inception in 1996:

Bernard Williams "’In the Beginning was the Deed’: Can political
philosophy shape the future?"
1996
Alasdair MacIntyre "Aquinas and the Problem of Moral Disagreement" 1998
Stephen Toulmin "Rediscovering Reasonableness" 2001
Robert Pippin "Bourgeois Self-Hatred: On the Fate of the Ideal
of a Free Life"
2004

Beginning in 2009, the Ziegler Memorial Lecture will be presented biennially.