September 10, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Susan Haack will give the Roy Wood Sellars Lecture Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, "The Pluralistic Universe of Law: Towards a Neo-Classical Legal Pragmatism," is free to the public.

Haack is the Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, and professor of philosophy and professor of law at the University of Miami. Among the courses she offers are "Scientific Evidence, in Theory and in Court" for the School of Law at the University of Miami, and "Science and Values" for the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Professor Haack is an important philosopher who has contributed provocative and challenging ideas to the study of logic and epistemology," said Richard Fleming, professor of philosophy at Bucknell.

"Additionally, she has provided numerous applications of those ideas to important public issues concerning education, economics, and the law. Philosophy is for her something that should be and can be helpfully put to work in our everyday lives," he said.

Internationally recognized scholar

A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge universities, she has been visiting professor at the University of Guelph (Canada), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the University of Virginia, the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the University of Bologna, as well as a Fellowship in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

Haack is the author of several books including Deviant Logic, Philosophy of Logics, Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays, and Defending Science--Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism, and her most recent, Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture. She also has edited (with associate editor Robert Lane) Pragmatism, Old and New.

Her work has been translated into 10 languages, from Chinese and Korean to Italian and Danish. She has published not only in philosophy but also in literature, politics, science and law.

Sellars Lectureship

The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren. Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy.

For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).

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Posted Sept. 10, 2007

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