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Levinson to speak on 'Bernstein, Rorty and West,' Nov. 12

Levinson, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will present a lecture titled "Bernstein, Rorty and West: Reflections From a Festive Jewish Naturalist" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

He will discuss the views of three contemporary thinkers associated with American pragmatism: Richard Bernstein, Richard Rorty and Cornel West. Bernstein, the Vera List Professor of Philosophy and dean of the graduate faculty at the New School for Social Research, is the author of books such as "Beyond Objectivism and Relativism" (1983) and, most recently, "Radical Evil: A Philosophical Interrogation (2002)." Rorty, formerly the Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton, is currently a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University. Rorty's "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature "(1979) did much to revive interest in American pragmatism.

West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton, argued in "The American Evasion of Philosophy" (1989) for a novel interpretation of the pragmatic tradition. He will speak as the respondent to the lecture.

The event, designated as the Malcolm Diamond Memorial Lecture, is sponsored by the Department of Religion .

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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