November 10, 2003
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.-Philosopher Richard Moran, the Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department at Harvard University, will talk about "Being Told and Being Believed" on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. His talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science as part of a series on "Ethics, Metaphysics and Psychology of Belief," will be free and open to the public.
Moran, whose interests include philosophy of mind and moral psychology, the nature of testimony, aesthetics and the philosophy of literature, and the later Wittgenstein, received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1989. He taught at Princeton University before coming to Harvard in 1995.
Teaching courses on the nature of the person, self-deception, language and literature, social explanation and interpretation, rationality and irrationality, Moran has published papers on metaphor, on imagination and emotional engagement with art, and on the nature of self-knowledge. The author of Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge (2001), Moran has contributed to Philosophical Review, Philosophical Quarterly, European Journal of Philosophy and Philosophical Topics, among others.