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Harry_Frankfurt_lgACLS is pleased to announce that Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver the 2017 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture. Named for the first chairman of ACLS (1920-26), the lecture series is entitled "A Life of Learning" and celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance. The lectures are published in the ACLS Occasional Paper series and made available, in video and print, on the ACLS website (see Haskins Prize Lectures).

Harry Frankfurt was a member of the department of philosophy at Princeton from 1990-2002. He taught at Yale University, where he chaired the philosophy department from 1978-87. He also taught at Rockefeller University, the State University of New York, and Ohio State University. His major areas of interest include moral philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, and seventeenth-century rationalism. His books include Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen; The Importance of What We Care About; Necessity, Volition, and Love; The Reasons of Love; On Bullshit; Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting it Right; On Truth; and On Inequality. Frankfurt is the recipient of many honors including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Dewey Prize in philosophy. He was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture will be delivered on May 12, during the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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