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Prepare to philosophize: First session of reading series meets tomorrow

January 26, 2011

This year’s Selzer Visiting Philosopher has been named: Daniel C. Dennett, professor of philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. 

Dennett is well known for his work in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, metaphysics, and more.  He has also been a vocal participant in recent debates about religion and atheism. Among his recent books are Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006), Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (2005), Freedom Evolves (2003), and Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995).  If you want to learn more about his work, you can visit Dennett's home page.

Dennett will visit Beloit in February, and take part in several events, including a public lecture entitled “The Mind as an Upside-Down Brain” in Moore Study Lounge at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, and a Faculty @ 4 discussion on Breaking the Spell in Weeks Lounge at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. 

In preparation for Dennett’s visit, we will host a reading group that is open to students, faculty, and staff.  The group will meet in the MI Fireside Lounge Fridays at 12:30, and readings will be posted at the Selzer Visiting Philosopher series site on Moodle

The group’s first meeting will be tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 28) and the article discussed will be “True Believers: The Intentional Stance and Why It Works.”