April 20, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Peter Railton, the John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, will speak on “Well-Being and Happiness” on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Railton's talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, is the final lecture in a series on Well-Being. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Railton's main research has been in ethics and the philosophy of science, with special interest in questions about the nature of norms, values, objectivity and explanation. He has been a visiting professor at Berkeley and Princeton, and he has received fellowships from the Society for the Humanities (Cornell), the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also an Associate of CREA (Ecole Polytechnique), Paris. He is the author of Facts, Values, and Norms: Essays Toward a Morality of Consequence (2003).