The Patrick Romanell Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on the topic of philosophical naturalism.
The annual Patrick Romanell Lecture on philosophical naturalism was established in 1981. It was generously endowed by Dr. Patrick Romanell, who died in 2002. More about Dr. Romanell's life and work is contained in the Memorial Minutes section of the Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, volume 75, issue 5, May 2002, pp. 201-202.
In 1981, when the lecture was being established, Professor Romanell characterized "philosophical naturalism” in the following way:
Typically, naturalism as a philosophy may be discussed for critical purposes from four significant angles, taken separately and/or jointly. First, as the oldest tradition in Western philosophy (from Thales to contemporary American naturalism), the topic may be treated from an historical angle. Secondly, as a particular philosophical position, it may be treated from a systematic angle, including its peculiar temper and method, its basic categories, its characteristic concepts of nature and man, and its general bearings on such areas of human interest as science, economics, politics, art, morality, religion. Thirdly, the subject may be treated from a comparative angle (e.g., naturalism and materialism, naturalism and idealism, naturalism and positivism). Fourthly and finally, the topic may be treated from an individual angle (e.g., the naturalism of Aristotle, Spinosa, John Dewey).
In a letter dated October 5, 1990, to then-chair of the APA board of officers, Robert Turnbull, Professor Romanell emphasized that "the specified topic of the Romanell Lectureship is philosophical naturalism in general, not its American varieties in particular.” He referred to this as the "unrestricted scope of the topic of the Romanell lecture on philosophical naturalism.”
Award Amount: $1,200 plus travel costs not to exceed $750
The APA publishes the Romanell Lecture each year in the Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association.
The Romanell Lecturer is selected by a committee appointed by the chair of the APA committee on lectures, publications, and research (LPR), in consultation with LPR committee members. The committee includes at least one representative from each of the three divisions. Eligibility is limited to APA members.
Helen Longino (Stanford University) - Pacific
Daniel Dennett (Tufts University) - Central
Hartry Field (New York University) - Eastern
Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland) - Pacific
Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck, University of London) - Central
Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana University) - Pacific
Patricia Kitcher (Columbia University) — Eastern
John Perry (Stanford University) — Central
Hilary Kornblith (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Naturalism vs. the First-person Perspective" — Pacific
Galen Strawson (University of Reading), "Real Naturalism" — Eastern
Jaegwon Kim (Brown University), "From Naturalism to Physicalism" — Central
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University), "Philosophical Naturalism and Intuitional Methodology" — Pacific
Barry Stroud (University of California Berkeley), "The Transparency of Naturalism" — Central
Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin Madison), "Parsimony Arguments in Science and Philosophy: A Test Case for Naturalism" — Eastern
Louis Loeb (University of Michigan), "The Naturalisms of Hume and Reid" — Pacific
Steven Gaukroger (University of Sydney), "'Home Alone': Cognitive Solipsism in the Early-Modern Era" — Central
Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) "The Hall of Mirrors" — Eastern
Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University), "Out of Context" — Pacific
Frank Jackson (Princeton University), "Narrow Content and Representationalism" — Central
Penelope Maddy (University of California Irvine), "A Naturalistic Look at Logic" — Eastern
Allan Gibbard (University of Michigan), "Living with Meanings: A Human Ecology" — Pacific
David A. Armstrong (University of Connecticut at Storrs), "A Naturalist Program: Epistemology and Ontology" — Central
Ruth Garrett Millikan (University of Connecticut), "How We Make Our Ideas Clear: Empiricist Epistemology for Empirical Concepts" — Eastern
Susan Haack (University of Miami), "As for that Phrase, ‘Studying in a Literary Spirit’..." — Central
Richard J. Bernstein (The New School), "What Ever Happened to Naturalism?" — Pacific
John J. McDermott (Texas A&M University), "Ill-at-ease: The Natural Travail of Ontological Disconnectedness" — Eastern
Peter T. Manicas (Queens College), "Nature and Culture" — Pacific
Thelma Lavine (George Mason University), "Modernity and the Spirit of Naturalism" — Central
John Lachs (Vanderbilt University), "Human Natures" — Eastern
Philippa Foot (University of California), "Ethical Naturalism" — Pacific
Edmund L. Pincoffs (University of Texas at Austin), "The Practices of Responsibility-Ascription" — Central
Abraham Edel (City College of New York), "Naturalism and the Concept of Moral Change" — Eastern
Note: Already published Romanell lectures dating back to 2004 are currently available to APA members on our website. Sign-in is required to download the files. Earlier Romanell lectures may be obtained through JSTOR.