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Distinguished Philosophy Lecturer
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Professor Philip KitcherOn Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Suite, the Department of Philosophy and the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences will feature the Philosophers Speak lecture series. This lecture brings to campus Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Professor Kitcher will lecture on “Dissent: The Role of Scientists and Dissenters in Public Debates.” While many people have thought that dissent is healthy to the scientific enterprise, others have emphasized the role of consensus in the growth of knowledge. Professor Kitcher will examine how these apparently contrary ideas are balanced against one another. He will also consider how dissent within science can affect the translation of widely-accepted conclusions into public policies, in relation to recent controversies like climate change and bioethics.

Professor Kitcher works in the areas of philosophy, ethics, and social issues. He is past president of the American Philosophical Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and previous chair of Columbia University’s Contemporary Civilization program. He is author of several books, including The Advancement of Science (Oxford, 1993) and Science in a Democratic Society (Prometheus, 2011).

Please join us for this lecture and a wine and cheese reception to follow. Special thanks for the generous support of the President's Advisory Council.

For more information please contact:
Mark Couch
(973) 761-9480


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