The inaugural Anscombe Lecture in Ethics, presented by the Collegium Institute on Catholic Thought and Culture, will be presented Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. on the theme of “Acting Well: The Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue.”

Dr. John Haldane, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stiteler Hall B21 at 208 South 37th Street in Philadelphia.

The event is cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


The lecture follows a major local conference at Neumann University last week on Elizabeth Anscombe’s contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition. She is considered one of the 20th century’s most provocative and highly regarded philosophers.

Conference sessions focused on topics such as Catholic moral theory, double effect, souls and persons, and marriage and women.

Presentations were made by faculty from the Catholic University of America, Niagara University, Seton Hall University, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto and other institutions.

Redemptorist Father Dennis Billy, Cardinal Krol chair of moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, delivered the plenary address on “Anscombe and Catholic Moral Theology.”

Candace Vogler of the University of Chicago delivered the keynote speech on “Anscombe’s Complaint: The Importance of Moral Prohibition.” Vogler’s expertise lies in practical philosophy, particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe.