Submitted on Friday, 10/7/2011, at 3:43 PM

AMHERST, Mass. — Lara Buchak, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver a lecture on “Faith, Belief and Evidence” at Amherst College on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The lecture, the third of five in the 2011-2012 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on Rationality and Religious Belief, will take place in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115 of the Fayerweather building) at 4:30 p.m.

Buchak has taught at UC Berkeley since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard College and a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University.

Her primary research interests are in decision theory, game theory and rational choice theory. This work focuses in part on how an individual should take risk into account when making decisions. Her interest in religion involves examining what faith is and under what circumstances it is rational to have faith.

The lecture series is funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science. For further information, please call (413) 542-5805.