Rainer Forst (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), winner of the 2012 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, works mainly on political theory, pragmatism, tolerance, and political and social justice. He is considered one of the world's most eminent authorities on the subject of toleration. This year's Simon Lectures occur under the general title "The Nature of Normative Concepts: Dependence vs. Independence."
James Madaio is a research fellow at the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. His areas of interest lie in Indian philosophical traditions, the historiography and genealogy of modern Hindu movements, Indic theories of the self, pedagogy, and hermeneutics, and cross-cultural philosophy and dialogues.
Valerie Tiberius, a professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, focuses her research and teaching on ethics and moral psychology, with a special interest in applying Humean principles to modern philosophical questions. Much of her work is centered at the junction of practical philosophy and practical psychology, examining how both disciplines can meaningfully improve lives.
Sharon Street, a professor of Philosophy at NYU, specializes in metaethics. She has authored a series of articles on how to reconcile our understanding of normativity with a scientific conception of the world. Her work concerns the nature of both practical and epistemic reasons, and it draws especially on an evolutionary biological perspective.
Kate Withy, an associate professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, specializes in the work of Martin Heidegger, but she also has interests in 20th-century European philosophy and ancient Greek philosophy. Her research centres on Heidegger’s conception of the human being as open to meaning and subject to breakdowns of meaning.
Roy A. Sorensen is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, a professorial fellow in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Jackman Humanities Institute's Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the academic year 2023-24. He has research interests in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, areas in which he has published widely.
Mohammed Rustom, a professor of Islamic Thought and Global Philosophy at Carleton University and the director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. focuses his research on Islamic philosophy, Arabic, and Persian Sufi literature, Quranic exegesis, translation theory, and cross-cultural philosophy.