October 17, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- This year's annual Forry Lecture Series at Amherst College will consider the "Ethics, Metaphysics, and Psychology of Belief." The talks, sponsored by the philosophy department and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, are free and open to the public.

Louise M. Antony, a professor of philosophy at Ohio State University, will present the first lecture, "Explaining and Causing: Two Sides of Belief," on Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, Richard Moran, the Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Philosophy DSepartment at Harvard University, will speak about "Being Told and Being Believed."

Gideon Rosen, professor of philosophy at Princeton University, will give a talk titled "You Should Have Known Better: Culpable Ignorance in Law and Morality," on Thursday, March 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.

On Thursday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, Robert Stalnaker, the Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will ask "What is de re belief?"

Paul Harris, professor of education and faculty member in the human development and psychology area at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will take up "The Ontogenesis of Trust in Testimony" on Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall.

The final lecturer of the series will be Paul Boghossian, professor and chair of philosophy at New York University, who will speak on "Objective Knowledge" on Thursday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall.

For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy at 413/542-5805.