AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, Frank Jackson, visiting professor of philosophy at Princeton University, will present the seventh annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. His talk, titled “Perception, Representation, Language,” and a reception following it are both free and open to the public.
Jackson joined the faculty of Princeton in the fall of 2007. In addition to serving on the Princeton faculty, he holds a half-time appointment as Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. His research covers philosophical logic, the philosophy of mind and language, epistemology and metaphysics and metaethics. He is the author of Perception: A Representative Theory; Conditionals; The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition: An Introduction, with David Braddon-Mitchell; From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis; Mind, Method, and Conditionals: Selected Essays; Mind, Morality, and Explanation: Selected Collaborations, with Philip Pettit and Michael Smith; and Language, Names, and Information. He is the editor of Conditionals; Consciousness; Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis, with Graham Priest; The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy, with Michael Smith; and Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit, with Geoffrey Brennan, Robert Goodin and Michael Smith. Jackson gave the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 1995 and the Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy in 2006 and was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cambridge in 2011.
Jackson’s talk is organized by the Amherst College 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.