Proponent of Expanding Frontiers of Research in Philosophy and Science to Give PBK Lecture

Columbia University professor Philip Kitcher to speak at Wooster on Feb. 16

8 February, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – A leading advocate for expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science, Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will be at The College of Wooster to give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.

Kitcher will present “Social Progress” in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will focus on his argument that “social progress is best seen in terms of local attempts to solve identifiable problems,” then he’ll develop “the concept of the worthwhile life,” and finally consider future progress via the importance of “explorations of social structures and of genealogy.”

Kitcher, who earned his undergraduate degree at Christ’s College in Cambridge, England, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. Recently, he won the Berlin Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin; was elected as honorary foreign member of the Turkish Academy of Science; and was a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study).

A former editor-in-chief of the Philosophy of Science journal, Kitcher has authored several books, including “Living With Darwin,” “Science in a Democratic Society,” “The Ethical Project,” “Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism,” and the forthcoming “The Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts.”

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Additional support for Kitcher’s lecture is provided by the Department of Philosophy at The College of Wooster.

For more information, call (330) 263-2353 or email John Rudisill.