UB Conference of Pragmatic Naturalists Will Look at the Future of Realism

Release Date: September 28, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The UB Department of Philosophy will present an international conference Oct. 20-21 in honor of Peter Hare, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and former chair of the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A member of the UB faculty since 1962, Hare is the author of several books in the field of philosophical pragmatism and has, for more than 25 years, edited The Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, an important journal in American philosophy.

The conference, titled "The Future of Realism in the American Tradition of Pragmatic Naturalism," will take place in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. It will feature presentations by several scholars of national and international reputation from the school of pragmatic naturalism, to which Hare has dedicated much of his career.

Among the notable guests will be Murray Murphey of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the foremost living scholars on the history of pragmatism; Sami Pihlstrom, docent of theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and award-winning philosopher and UB alumnus Chin-Chun Chiu, professor of philosophy at Taiwan's National Tsing Huo University.

The conference will be sponsored by the Marvin Farber Memorial Fund, the Charles S. Peirce Professorship in American Philosophy, the Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy, and the UB Department of Philosophy.

For further information, contact John Shook of the University of Oklahoma Department of Philosophy at (607) 962-9302, jshook@pragmatism.org, or go to the colloquium Web site at http://www.pragmatism.org/conferences/future_of_pragmatism_program.htm.

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