Lindner Lecture

Kate Manne

Lecture: Wednesday, September 12th, Lean Lecture Room, at 7:30pm

Author Meets Critics Session: Thursday, September 13th, Scovel Hall Room 004, 11:00am


The 2018 Lindner Lecture in Ethics will be given on Wednesday, September 12, by Professor Kate Manne from the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Manne was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her PhD is from MIT. 

Professor Manne is an extraordinarily accomplished philosopher already at a young age. Most recently, her 2017 book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny has garnered much attention and favorable review.  Philosopher Cordelia Fine selected Down Girl as 2017 Book of the Year for The Big Issue; Carlos Lozada included it among the “Dozen Most Memorable Books of 2017 for the Washington Post’s Book Party; and Carrie Tirado Bramen included it amongst her “Books of the Year 2017” for Times Higher Education.  This important work, on which her Lindner Lecture is based, is an “exploration of misogyny in public life and politics. It argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it’s primarily about controlling, policing, punishing, and exiling the “bad” women who challenge male dominance. And it’s compatible with rewarding “the good ones,” and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order. 

Professor Manne is an expert in Moral Philosophy (especially metaethics, moral psychology, and practical reason), Social Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy. She has published impressive papers in a variety of venues including the journals Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Social Theory and Practice, and Philosophical Studies as well as in two separate Oxford Studies in Metaethics collections of essays. 


On Thursday, September 13, the Philosophy Department will host an author-meets-critics session in which two critics will share critical response to Professor Manne’s Lindner Lecture followed by a reply to her critics by Professor Manne and audience Q&A. The two philosophers serving as critic are Professor Vanessa Wills from The George Washington University and Professor Lori Watson from University of San Diego. Professor Wills specializes in Philosophy of Race; Moral Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; and 19th Century German Philosophy (especially Karl Marx). Professor Watson has expertise in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and feminism.

The Lindner Endowment was established in 2007 by Carl H. Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, to benefit the Department of Philosophy. The purpose of the Lindner Lectureship is to support the teaching of Ethics. 

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