Howison Lectures in Philosophy Presented by Philip Kitcher: Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts

Lecture | February 13 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

 Graduate Division

Philip Kitcher will present the Howison Lecture on February 13, 2019. The lecture is titled "Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts," and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the Lecture
The view that the sciences make progress, while the arts do not, is extremely common. This lecture will challenge it. Scientific progress has social dimensions. A socially embedded notion of scientific progress then allows for a parallel concept of progress applicable to the arts.

About Philip Kitcher
Philip Kitcher specializes in the areas of pragmatism (especially Dewey), science and social issues, naturalistic ethics, and philosophy in literature. At Columbia University he has served as the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy since 2003 and as Professor of Philosophy since 1998. Kitcher is a prolific writer. His recent books include: The Seasons Alter: How to Save our Planet in Six Acts (with Evelyn Fox Keller, 2017), Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism (2014), and Preludes to Pragmatism (2012). He is currently at work on a book, tentatively entitled Progress, Truth, and Values, in which he will attempt to elaborate a form of Pragmatism apt for the twenty-first century.

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