February 24, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—Jennifer Lackey, associate professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, will speak about “Testimony: Depending on Others” on Thursday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. Organized by the college’s Department of Philosophy, Lackey’s talk is the third event in a lecture series titled “The Philosophy and Science of Testimony.” It is free and open to the public.

Lackey specializes in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Her recent research focuses on the epistemology of testimony, epistemic luck, credit for knowledge and the epistemic significance of disagreement. She has co-edited (with Ernest Sosa) The Epistemology of Testimony and is the author of Learning from Words: Testimony as a Source of Knowledge. She has received a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship through the American Council of Learned Societies (2007-2008), as well as a summer stipend through the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, she is a winner of the Young Epistemologist Prize (2005).

This talk is made possible by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, established in 1983 by John I. Forry ’66 and Carol Micken 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.