2021 Lectures: Howard McGary

The Persistence of Racism in Liberal Societies

2021 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics: The Persistence of Racism in Liberal Societies

With Professor Howard McGary (Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Rutgers University)

Register here for Professor Howard McGary's delayed 2021 Annual Lectures.

Monday 29 January*, Wednesday 31 January and Friday 2 February 2024

*with a drinks reception for all attendees after the first lecture on Monday 29 January.

All three lectures will at held at 16:30 - 18:30, in the Lecture Theatre, Continuing Education, Rewley House, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA


Howard McGary is Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and he has taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research and teaching fields include: social and political philosophy, African American philosophy, and normative ethics. 

His research focuses on theories of compensatory justice, collective responsibility, and distributive justice, especially as theses theories relate to the circumstances of persons who have experienced prolonged discrimination and subjugation. He has also examined the justness of health care distribution in the United States. He is especially concerned with the plight of people who receive fewer health care benefits even though they have greater health care needs. McGary explores the normative implications of this fact. He is also interested in developing philosophical accounts of the virtues, in particular, forgiveness. Finally, he has been exploring philosophical themes found in the works of prominent African American social and political thinkers in the 19th Century, especially Frederick Douglass.

Professor McGary serves on the editorial boards of the following publications: Encyclopedia of Ethics, The Journal of Ethics, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, The Philosophical Forum, and Social Identities. He is the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy. His  publications include: My Larger Education, Howard McGary (editor and introduction), Booker T. Washington (author), New York: Humanity Books, 2004; Race and Social Justice, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1999; Social Justice and Local Development Policy (Robert Mier with R.P. Giloth, K.J. Moe, L. Alpen, B. Harrison, H. McGary, Jr., I. Sherr, T. Vietorisz and W. Wiewel), Sage Publications, 1993; Between Slavery and Freedom: Philosophy and American Slavery (with Bill E. Lawson), Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992, and numerous essays in journals and edited volumes.

Professor McGary has presented numerous lectures at colleges and universities in the United States and Abroad. He has held the following professional offices and positions: Executive Committee, American Philosophical Association  (APA); APA Eastern Division Program Committee, Chair, APA Committee on Blacks; Vice-President New York Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy; and he has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Character Education Commission, State of New Jersey. He was the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy.


Monday 29 January 2024, 16:30 - 18:30 (followed by drinks reception)

Wednesday 31 January 2024, 16:30 - 18:30

Friday 2 February 2024, 16:30 - 18:30


Lecture Theatre, Continuing Education, Rewley House, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA


Registration for in-person attendance is now open on Bookwhen.


Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Since there is no charge for the event, not all registered participants attend. To compensate for this, we operate a policy of overbooking so please arrive early in order to guarantee your seat.


We aim to video record and publish the lectures on YouTube the following week. Links will be posted here.

Details of Professor McGary's book for the Series will follow in due course.

Link to the Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics on the OUP website: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/category/academic/series/philosophy/uspe.do