Colloquium Series To Focus On Pragmatism
11, 2001 -- The 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 of Virginia in a three-part
colloquium series during the spring semester.
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.
Feb. 15 session will feature Merold Westphal, professor of philosophy
at Fordham University, and Linda Alcoff, professor of philosophy
at Syracuse University.
at the April 12 colloquium will be John Stuhr, professor of philosophy
at Penn State University, and Stephen Toulmin, professor of philosophy
at the University of Southern California.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856