CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-00011; fax (319) 384-0024
Oxford University philosopher to speak at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Derek Parfit, a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford
University, will visit the University of Iowa to deliver the annual Gustav
Bergmann Philosophy Lecture Thursday, Nov. 6, on the topic, "Why Does
the Universe Exist?" The lecture, which is sponsored by the UI department
of philosophy in memory of its long-time faculty member Gustav Bergmann,
is free and open to the public and will take place at 8 p.m. at Shambaugh
Parfit, who is a Visiting Professor at Harvard University this semester,
is the author of "Reasons and Persons," one of the most widely-read
books in philosophy in recent years. He is a member of the British Academy
and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Immediately following Parfit's lecture, the department will hold a reception
in the North Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.
For further information, contact Laird Addis, 335-0021, or Jan Kleinschmidt,
335-0020, both in the department of philosophy.