Eunice Belgum Memorial Lectures

Each year for three decades the department has sponsored the Belgum Lectures, which honor the memory of Eunice Belgum, who graduated from St. Olaf College in 1967. The lecture series was established in the hope that Eunice’s tragic death in 1977 would not end her impact on the profession, teaching, and scholarship she loved so much.  While the lectures may be on any topic, the philosophy department makes a special effort to choose topics in areas of special interest to Eunice, namely ethics, philosophy of mind, and feminism.  These lectures are supported by a fund established by Eunice’s family and friends.

April 4-5, 2016

John Cooper, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University

March 5–6, 2015

Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University

First lecture

The Nature of the Atonement (download)
Thursday, March 5, 4–5:30 p.m., Viking Theater

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Second lecture

Atonement and Shame (download)
Friday, March 6, 3:30–5 p.m., Viking Theater

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Professor Eleanor Stump

Eleonore Stump

Eleonore Stump has taught at Saint Louis University since 1992 and has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study, Aquinas (Routledge, 2003), and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), and the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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    Previous Belgum Lectures

    1979    Kathryn Pyne Parsons, Not Judge, Not Victim, Nor Savior
    1980    Dagfinn Føllesdal, Understanding and Rationality
    1981    Gareth B. Matthews, Conceiving Childhood
    1982    Martha Nussbaum, The Fragility of Goodness
    1983    Georg Henrik Von Wright, Truth, Knowledge, and Freedom
    1984    Naomi Scheman, Authority and Paranoia: The Social Construction of Gender
                and the Philosophical Self
    1985    Merold Westphal, The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism
    1986    Kenneth Sayre, Myths for Our Technological Future
    1987    Rosemarie Tong, Feminist Social Philosophy
    1988    Laurence Thomas, Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character
    1989    Keith Gunderson, The Aesthetic Robot
    1990    Allan Gibbard, Moral Meanings
    1991    Nancy Sherman, Virtue and Ethics
    1992    Arthur Caplan, Ethics and the Genetic Revolution
    1993    Amelie Rorty, The Many Faces of Morality
    1994    Helen Longino, Scientific Knowledge and Feminist Theoretical Virtues
    1995    Georges Rey, Superficialism about Mind and Meaning
    1996    Gary Iseminger, Aestheticism: Defined and Defended
    1997    Hilary Putnam, Mind, Matter, and Making Sense
    1998    Jean Bethke Elshtain, How Far Have We Fallen?
    1999    James Harris, After Relativism
    2000    Stephen Darwall, Two Dogmas of Empiricism in Ethics
    2001    Lydia Goehr, Listening, Laughing, and Learning
    2002    Frederick Stoutland, How To Believe in Free Will
    2003    Margaret Urban Walker, Forgiveness and Moral Repair
    2004    Bas van Fraassen, Seeing and Measuring: Connecting Science to Experience
    2005    Jonathan Lear, Ethics and the Collapse of Civilization
    2006    Galen Strawson, Episodic Ethics
    2007    Julia Annas, Virtue and Happiness
    2008    Barbara Herman, Making Motives Matter
    2009    Elliott Sober, Philosophical Reflections on Darwin
    2010    Thomas Carson, Lincoln’s Ethics
    2011     Rachel Cohon, Hume on Virtuous Action and Character
    2012     Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons: What We Are and How We Persist in Time
    2013     Daniel Robinson, Consciousness, Again and Character
    2015     Eleonore Stump, The Nature of the Atonement, Atonement and Shame

    Related News

    Thomas Carson ’72, who was the Belgum Lecture speaker in 2010, has written a book entitled Lincoln’s Ethics, due to be published by Cambridge University Press by September 2015. He graciously mentions the St. Olaf Philosophy department, and the Belgum Lecture series, in his acknowledgements.  Thomas is a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago.

    Martha Nussbaum, in the acknowledgements of The Fragility of Goodnessindicates that her 1983 Belgum Lectures of the same title inspired several chapters of the book.  She dedicates the relevant chapters to Belgum’s parents, Joe and Esther Belgum.  Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.