April 7, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, University of Pittsburgh philosophy professor John McDowell will participate in the sixth Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. His talk, titled “Intention in Action,” and a reception following it are both free and open to the public.

Each year, the Amherst Lecture in Philosophy brings a distinguished philosopher to Amherst College for a public lecture. The talk is subsequently published in what was Amherst’s first online journal, The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy (www.amherstlecture.org). 

McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at Pittsburgh. Before joining the institution in 1986, he taught at University College, Oxford. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, UCLA and Princeton University. He was also the John Locke Lecturer at Oxford University in 1991. His major interests are Greek philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology and ethics. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

McDowell’s talk is organized by the Department of Philosophy and 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, visit www.amherstlecture.org or call 413-542-5805.