October 28, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Daniel N. Robinson, professor of philosophy at Oxford University and adjunct professor of psychology at Columbia, will give two lectures at Amherst this fall. The first, "Moral Science at the Founding: Ruling Passions," will take place on Friday, Oct. 31, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon. Robinson will deliver a second lecture on Tuesday, Nov 11, at 8 p.m., also in the Babbott Room, on "Republicanism and Essentialism: The Founder's Idea of Human Nature." Both talks, the inaugural lectures of a series sponsored by the Colloquium for the American Founding, are free and open to the public.

The author of 17 books and editor of more than 30 volumes, Robinson covers a remarkable range of disciplines, including the brain sciences, philosophy and history of science, moral philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications (2002).

Robinson has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of the History of Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a Distinguished Contribution Award from the APA's Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

A consultant to a number of governmental and private organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Robinson also worked with the Public Broadcasting System on the award-winning series, The Brain, and again with PBS and the BBC on the sequel, The Mind.