October 11, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Kieran Setiya, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on “Cognitivism About Instrumental Reason” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at Amherst College. Organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, Setiya's talk is free and open to the public.

Setiya specializes in ethics and philosophy of mind, and his work has been published in journals including the American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Perspectives and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. He has also written reviews for the Philosophical Review and is a frequently sought lecturer on ethical issues. The winner of numerous awards, Setiya received the Princeton University Center for Human Values Mellon Graduate Prize Fellowship in 2000.

Born in England, Setiya received his B.A. with honors from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1996 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on ethics, history of ethics, practical reason and ethical realism.