British Philosopher to Discuss Faith and Culture In Goodspeed Lecture at Denison University
Posted: October 23, 2000
John Haldane, Roman Catholic philosopher and head of the School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, will speak on "Faith and Culture: Catholic Intellectuals in a Secular Age" as part of the Goodspeed Lecture Series. This talk, set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 7) in Slayter Auditorium is a "Celebration of Contributions of Catholicism to the Intellectual Life." The lecture is free and open to the public. Professor Haldane earned a bachelor's degree in fine art from Wimbledon School of Art in 1975 and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of London in 1980. He earned his doctorate from the University of London in 1984.
Haldane is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as a senior fellow of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs. During 2000-2002, he is the Stanton Lecturer on the faculty of divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including "Atheism and Theism" (co-authored with J.J.C. Smart), and more than 100 journal articles.
Haldane's studies include issues of philosophy of the mind, social and political philosophy, aesthetics and ethics. He is also interested in the history of philosophy with an emphasis on the medieval period and Aquinas, and the 18th century responses to skepticism.
The event will be part of a series of events including a philosophy colloquium on Haldane's "Recent Work in the Philosophy of the Mind," a dinner with a faculty reading group, a president's dinner, and a conversation with students. Haldane will also attend a philosophy class during his stay.
The Goodspeed Lecture Series features scholars whose work is in the field of religion or is related to religious issues. The fund is named in honor of the late Edgar J. Goodspeed, a 1890 Denison graduate, who was one of nine biblical scholars who worked on the Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures, published in 1946, which has superseded the King James Version in official usage in many American denominations.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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