The Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture is given each academic year, usually in the spring, by a leading philosopher or political theorist. The Knox Lecturers to date are:
2023 Sally Haslanger (MIT)
2022 Frances Kamm (Rutgers) Handling Future Pandemics: Harming, Not Aiding, and Liberty
2021 Tim Scanlon (Harvard) Further Reflections on Tolerance and Its Difficulty
2020 John Haldane (Baylor and St Andrews) Philosophy and Public Affairs in Historical Perspective
2019 Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill) Criticizing Blame
2018 Melissa Lane (Princeton) Plato on the Purpose of Rule
2017 Peter Singer (Princeton and Melbourne) Living Ethically in the 21st Century
2016 Rae Langton (Cambridge) Blocking as Counter-speech
2015 Nancy Cartwright (UC San Diego and Durham) Will this Policy Work for Us? Understanding and Misunderstanding Randomised Controlled Trials
2014 Michael Ignatieff (Harvard) Civil Courage and the Moral Imagination
2013 Anthony O’Hear (Buckingham) Virtue, Upbringing and Moral Reasoning
2012 Quentin Skinner (London) The Utilitarian ‘Discovery’ about Liberty
2011 Lord Sutherland (Edinburgh) Universities: Where There is No Vision
2010 Susan Mendus (York) Religious Terrorism & Political Liberalism
2009 Henry Shue (Oxford) Indiscriminate Disproportionality
2008 Robert George (Princeton) Modern Legal Philosophy
2007 John Broome (Oxford) The Ethics of Global Warming
2006 Ted Honderich (London) Humanity, Terrorism, Terrorist War
2005 + Hilary Putnam (Harvard) Just and Unjust Wars
2004 Alan Ryan (Oxford) Liberal Imperialism: A Defence
2003 John Gray (London) Al Quaeda & the Meaning of Modernity
2002 Samuel Scheffler (Berkeley) What is Egalitarianism?
2001 + Joseph Raz (Oxford) Personal Attachments & Universal Values
2000 Jeremy Waldron (Columbia) Basic Equality
1999 + Derek Parfit (Oxford) Reasons & Rationality
1998 Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) Feminism & Internationalism
1997 + Richard Rorty (Virginia) Is It Possible to Love Truth?
1996 + Roger Scruton (London) Animals and How to Treat Them
1995 Charles Taylor (McGill) Two Theories of Modernity
1994 Baroness O’Neill (Cambridge) Principles, Judgements & Institutions
1993 + Gerald A. Cohen (Oxford) Is There Still a Case for Socialism?
1992 + Baroness Warnock (Cambridge) The Idea of Moral Consensus
1991 + Sir Bernard Williams (Oxford) Equality, Liberty and Resentment
1990 Sir Anthony Kenny (Oxford) Newman on Religious Belief
1989 + Sir Neil MacCormick (Edinburgh) Is Nationalism Philosophically Credible?
1988 Alasdair MacIntyre (Notre Dame) The Politics of Truth-telling and Lying
1987 + Ronald Dworkin (Oxford) What is Political Equality?
1986 + John Rawls (Harvard) Political Liberalism and its Public Role
1985 + Lord Quinton (Oxford) Reflections on Individualism