Submitted on Wednesday, 10/17/2012, at 1:18 PM

October 17, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Paino Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History building, Mark Sagoff, professor of philosophy at George Mason University and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, will give a lecture titled “What Does Environmental Protection Protect?” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the first in the 2012-2103 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on “Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics.” It was organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science.

Sagoff has published widely in journals of law, philosophy and the environment. His most recent books are The Economy of the Earth, 2nd edition, and Price, Principle, and the Environment. He was named a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment in 1991 and awarded a Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Hastings Center. What’s more, the Breakthrough Institute named Sagoff as one of its six Senior Fellows of 2012, calling him, “America’s most trenchant environmental philosopher.” Sagoff has an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. He has taught at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, he directed for many years the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

His 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.