Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

March 20, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


AMHERST, Mass.—Gary Watson, professor of philosophy at the University of California (UC), Riverside, will give a talk titled “The Trouble with Psychopaths” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. Organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and the fourth and final event of the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science Lecture Series on the Philosophy and Science of Freedom, Watson’s talk is free and open to the public.

Watson’s interests center on issues in philosophy of mind and moral philosophy that arise from human agency. That interest is reflected not only in his writings on free will and moral responsibility but also, less obviously, in his work on virtue and character. He also teaches and works on political philosophy (especially liberalism), philosophical issues in race and gender and the philosophy of Nietzsche.

In addition to his work at UC Riverside, Watson has served on the faculty at UC Irvine. He has published a book, Free Will, and numerous reviews and scholarly articles, including “Free Agency,” “Skepticism about Weakness of Will,” “Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life” and “Virtues in Excess,” among others. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of Washington and a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University.

The Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science was established in 1983 by Carol Micken and John I. Forry ’66 to promote the study of philosophical issues arising out of new developments in the sciences, including mathematics, and issues in the philosophy and history of science.