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Professor Simon Blackburn Featured Speaker in Annual Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series at Trent University


Annual Philosophy Department Event Runs to March 29

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, Peterborough

Esteemed philosophy professor Simon Blackburn from the University of Cambridge, UK is this year’s featured presenter for the annual Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series hosted by Trent University’s Department of Philosophy from Monday, March 26 until Thursday, March 29.

The theme of the lecture series this year is “Pragmatism, Minimalism, and Common Sense”. Prof. Blackburn will be delivering a series of presentations on this theme each evening until March 29. All lectures are free and members of the community are warmly invited to attend.
Professor Blackburn’s interests include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and moral philosophy. A prolific writer, he is the author of numerous influential articles in professional journals, as well as many accessible essays for non-specialist audiences.

A philosophy professor since 1967 at some of England and Australia’s most prestigious universities, Prof. Blackburn has also held several visiting appointments. These appointments have brought his teachings to educational institutions around the world, including the University of Melbourne, the University of British Columbia, Oberlin College, Princeton University, Ohio State University, and the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.

A complete itinerary of his lectures is available at www.trentu.ca/philosophy/ryles.htm.

All lectures begin promptly at 8 p.m. and take place in Peter Gzowski College.

The Gilbert Ryle Lectures were established by the Philosophy Department at Trent University in 1977 in memory of the late Professor Gilbert Ryle of Oxford University. They are made possible by a grant from the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation and by funds from an endowment established by members, alumni and friends of the department. Each year the Ryle Lecture Series brings a distinguished philosopher to the University for lectures and informal meetings. Recent lecturers include Alvin Plantinga, Iris Marion Young and Drucilla Cornell.


For further information, please contact:
Professor Douglas McDermid, department of philosophy, (705) 748-1011, ext. 5487