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Philosopher Daniel Dennett to present Andreas Lectures April 3, 4
Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett will discuss religion and free will in two Nadine B. Andreas Philosophy lectures Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/11/2008]
Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett will discuss religion and free will in two Nadine B. Andreas Philosophy Department lectures Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4.
Dennett, one of the nation’s most original and influential philosophers, will talk about "Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" on April 3 and "Evolution and Evitability: Free Will and Responsibility" April 4. His April 3 lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. His second talk will begin at 9 a.m. the following day in CSU 253, 254 and 255. Both are free and open to the public.
Dennett, a professor of philosophy at Tufts University, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. After college he studied Oxford in London with Gilbert Ryle, an expert in 20th century philosophy. Dennett presented the John Locke lectures at Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young lectures in Adelaide, Australia, in 1985 and the Tanner lecture at Michigan in 1986. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.
He has written several books, including Content and Consciousness 1969, Brainstorms in 1978, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea in 1995, and many others.
The lecture series is co-sponsored by IMPACT, the colleges of Arts & Humanities, Science, Engineering & Technology and Social & Behavioral Science, and the departments of Biology, Computer Science and Psychology.