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Public Events

November 2021: Keynote at the Kierkegaard and Love Workshop at Harvard University, for more information click here 

October 2021: Screening Virtues, Screening Vice Workshop at Notre Dame Australia. For more information on the event and my joint talk with Dr Sylvie Magerstaedt on intellectual virtues and social vices in Endeavour (2012-), please click here




January 2018: Following up from the ‘Why Forgiveness Matters’ event last summer, John Lippitt gave a an evening talk for the St Albans Cathedral Study Centre on the importance of self-forgiveness.

Why Forgiveness Matters

  • Why Philosophy Matters is a series of public events organised by the University of Hertfordshire Philosophy Department in association with Bloomsbury Publishing. This is our second workshop in partnership with the St Albans Cathedral Study Centre.
  • St Albans, Saturday 13th May 2017

Why Kierkegaard Matters

  • Talk and discussion with Dr Patrick Stokes (Deakin and Hertfordshire) at Bloomsbury Institute, London, part of the UH/Bloomsbury ‘Why Philosophy Matters’ series.
  • 28 Jun 2016

Selected Conference Talks

‘Love’s Forgiveness’ – Keynote at the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference

  • Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, December 2016

Virtues in Fiction and Film – Invited talk on ‘Self-forgiveness and the moral perspective of humility: Ian McEwan’s Atonement’

  • Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, December 2016

Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the possibility of virtue

  • Invited paper at ‘Humor in Nineteenth Century Philosophy’, organised by the Boston University Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy. Speaking alongside: Fred Beiser (Syracuse), Matthew Meyer (Scranton), Lydia Moland (Colby), Christopher Ricks (Boston), Marcia Robinson (Syracuse) and Allen Speight (Boston), Apr 2016

Love’s Forgiveness: Kierkegaardian reflections

  • ‘Love and the Good’ Conference, Pardubize, Czech Republic, September 2015


Self-love: vice or virtue? Reflections after Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

  • Houston Baptist University, The Virtue Revolution: The History of Virtue in Philosophy and Theology, 9th April 2011, 4pm – 6pm

Kierkegaard, friendship and the problem of self-love

  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas: Lennox Lecture Series on Philosophy of Friendship, 13th April 2011, 8pm – 10pm

Trust, hope, forgiveness: Kierkegaard and the problem of self-love

  • Texas A & M University, Philosophy Department Colloquium, 14th April 2011, 3pm – 5pm

Kierkegaard, psychotherapy and the culture of self-esteem

  • University of Oslo, Faculty Club, Norwegian Kierkegaard Society, 4th November 2010, 7pm – 9pm

Kierkegaard and the problem of self-love

  • University of Oslo, Program for Teologisk fellesforum (TFF), 3rd November 2010, 10am – 12pm