Honoraria in Philosophy


A philosopher writes in with a query about paying philosophers for talks and the like…

I’d like to learn more about honorarium practices for philosophy talks. How common is it to offer an honorarium? Under what circumstances (e.g. departmental colloquium, conference, public lecture, etc.)? What is a typical amount? It would be especially helpful if respondents can identify the type of institution they’re at (e.g. rural US state research school with an MA program, private, highly-prestigious liberal arts school in New England, etc.). Finally, I would be interested in learning other philosophers’ thoughts on the practice. Do people think offering honorarium is obligatory / appropriate / expected?

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