Jack Smart Public Lecture: How to gain (and lose) authority with words

Good speech is better, and bad speech is worse, whenit has authority. But where does the authority come from?  In part from the acts and omissions of other speakers and hearers, following rules of accommodation – a routine process of adjustment that makes our speech count as‘correct play’.


Rae Langton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial
Fellow at Newnham College
. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This lecture takes up themes from her six
John Locke Lectures, ‘Accommodating Injustice’, recently completed at Oxford
University, May-June 2015

Additional Session "Women in Philosophy"

The Jack Smart Lecturer Rae Langton has agreed to give an informal session on “Women in Philosophy” designed for anyone who is interested from 11-12.30 on the day of the Jack Smart lecture (14th July.) It will be held in Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 2.

No events are currently scheduled. Details of future events will be posted as they become available.

Date & time

Tue 14 Jul 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Coombs Lecture Theatre

Event series


Rae Langton University of Cambridge


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