November 19, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Robert Mabrito, a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Tufts University, will present a lecture on "Objectivity, Ethics, and Belief" on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115) in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College. His talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry Fund in Philosophy and Science as part of a series on "Objectivity in Science and Ethics," will be free and open to the public.

Mabrito's research interests are in ethics and the philosophy of language. In ethics, he explores the plausibility of non-cognitivist (some might say subjectivist) theories of ethical practice, considering the question of the proper role of personal considerations in ethical thought. The philosophy of language interests Mabrito because he believes that, once we properly understand what it is for meaning to be a part of ethics, we will see that much else-emotions, for example-is ethical in the same way.

Mabrito received a B.A. (1990) from Yale University, and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees, all in philosophy, from the University of Michigan.