The White’s Chair of Moral Philosophy at University of Oxford was established in 1621 with a donation from clergyman Thomas White. 400 years later, a new donation has resulted in the position, believed to be the oldest university professorship in philosophy, having a new name.
Following a £2.8 million (approximately $3.85 million) donation from the Sekyra Foundation, the professorship will now be known as the Sekyra and White’s Professorship of Moral Philosophy.The foundation was created by Luděk Sekyra, a Czech entrepreneur and philanthropist, and aims to “support human rights, moral universalism, liberal values and civil society.”
In a press release from Oxford, Mr. Sekyra is quoted as saying:
I often wonder why we so rarely ask ourselves how to live a good life, what constitutes moral progress, what our responsibility is towards future generations, why the public sphere is not also a sphere of morality, and how the continuity of humanity is affected by technology and global climate change. These challenges, which have, among others, been the subject of my discussions with philosophers at Oxford, help us uncover deeper levels of reality, the essence of the lives we lead. I am glad that I could contribute to this dialogue.
Some further information is here.