February 2, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.--Sarah Buss, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Iowa, will speak on "Human Flourishing and Human Autonomy" on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Buss's talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, is the second in a series on "Well-Being." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Educated at Yale University in philosophy (B.A. and Ph.D. degrees), Buss concentrates her research and teaching on topics in ethics, action theory and moral psychology. She has published articles on autonomy, happiness, moral responsibility, weakness of will and respect for persons. She is the co-editor of Contours of Agency: Essays on Themes from Harry Frankfurt (2002, with Lee Overton). Among her other publications are an article on "Valuing Autonomy and Respecting Persons: Manipulation, Seduction, and the Basis of Moral Constraints," in the current issue of Ethics (January 2005) and the article on "Autonomy," in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002 plato.stanford.edu/entries/personal-autonomy).