series to focus on pragmatism
benefits and shortcomings of pragmatism, the method of philosophy
in which the truth of an idea is judged by its practical outcome,
will be debated by leading philosophers and other scholars at
the University in a three-part colloquium series during the spring
series, "Beyond the Absolute and Arbitrary: Exploring the Possibilities
of Pragmatism," is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies
in Culture and is open to the public. Sessions will be held from
3 to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 and Feb. 15 in the Rotunda Dome Room
and on April 12 in the Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room. Two scholars
in each session will present a paper, respond to each other and
answer questions from the audience.
participants on Feb. 1 will be Catherine Elgin, professor of the
philosophy of education at Harvard University, and Hans Joas,
professor of sociology at the Freie Universitat Berlin.
information, call the institute at 924-7705.