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Jeff McMahan giving the 2013 Wittgenstein Lecture at the University of Bayreuth

The global village

The P&E Programme offers a stage for guests from all over the world. Being off the beaten track is what makes Bayreuth attractive for our guests: its a place for quiet thought and engaged discussion.

Regular International Visitors

The regular research seminars and workshops organized by both departments offer you the chance to become familiar with top-level international research. For more information, please visit:

And we regularly run innovative lecture series at the forefront of research with top international guest lecturers. Two series that we currently organize are:

The Adam Smith Guest Professorship

The P&E programme regularly invites an Adam Smith Guest Professor from the international P&E community to teach courses at the intersection of the disciplines.

The Wittgenstein Lectures

Each year the Philosophy Department invites a highly distinguished philosopher to hold the Wittgenstein Lectures. During the five days of lectures and colloquia, all philosophy teaching stops and staff and students alike join the lectures and discussions. The most recent lectures were delivered by: 2011; Philip Pettit (Princeton), 2012; Jeff McMahan (Rutgers), 2013; John Broome (Oxford) 2014; Peter Vallentyne (Missouri) 2015; Dan Hausman (Wisconsin-Madison) 2016; Debra Satz (Stanford) 2017. More...

The LSE-Bayreuth Student Philosophy Conference

Our close ties with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) culminated in the 1st LSE-Bayreuth Student Philosophy Conference, which took place place in London in May 2013. The 2nd conference took place in Bayreuth in May 2014, and the series has been ongoing ever since. More...


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