September 23, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall, Sharon Street, New York University philosophy professor and member of Amherst’s Class of 1995, will discuss “Evolution and Reasons for Belief.” The lecture is free and open to the public and is part of a series of talks titled “Ethics and Evolution,” which is organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science.

Street received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard in 2003. She specializes in metaethics, and is the author of several articles on how to reconcile our understanding of normativity with a scientific conception of the world.  Her work concerns the nature of both practical and epistemic reasons, and draws especially on an evolutionary biological perspective.

Her lecture 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. For more information, call (413) 542-5805.