April 3, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Jennifer Hornsby, a professor in the School of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, will lecture on “Knowing How To And Knowing Why To” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 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, Hornsby’s talk is free and open to the public.

Hornsby received a B.A. degree from Oxford, an M.Phil. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She returned to Oxford in 1979 as a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and joined the faculty at Birkbeck College in 1995. Her main interests are in philosophy of action, mind and language. She teaches in these subjects and in metaphysics and areas of feminist philosophy.

In addition to many articles and papers, Hornsby is the author of Actions (1980) and Simple-mindedness: In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind (1997). She co-edited Ethics: A Feminist Reader (with Elizabeth Fraser and Sabina Lovibond, 1992) and The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy (with Miranda Fricker, 2000).