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Philosophers Speak Series Presents Dr. Paul Boghossian
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On Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 5 p.m., in the Walsh Library Beck Rooms, the Department of Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office will present the Philosophers Speak lecture series. This installment brings to campus the internationally renowned philosopher Dr. Paul Boghossian, Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University.
 
Professor Boghossian will speak on “Relativistic Views of Knowledge and Morality,” and discuss problems with arguments for relativism that have recently been popular in the humanities and social sciences. He will defend the view that we are capable of arriving at beliefs about the world that are objectively reasonable to anyone capable of appreciating the relevant evidence, regardless of their social or cultural perspective.

Professor Boghossian is one of the world's leading philosophers in the areas of philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and epistemology. He is the author of numerous works on a variety of topics, including science and the humanities, naturalism, realism, relativism, the aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide. Professor Boghossian previously taught at the University of Michigan and Princeton University before moving to New York University. His lecture at Seton Hall University will be based on his recent book, Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism (Oxford 2006), which offers a sustained critique of relativism and social constructivism.
 

For more information please contact:
Dr. Abe Zakhem, Department of Philosophy
(973) 761-9480
zakhemab@shu.edu

 

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