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Yale philosophy professor Matthew Noah Smith discusses existential values on November 11, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“Existential Values: Why We Need Them and Their Threat to Political Order” is the topic of a lecture by Matthew Noah Smith, assistant professor of philosophy at Yale University, which will be given at Vassar College on Wednesday, November 11. The lecture, part of the Philosopher’s Holiday lecture series is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:00pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203.
 
The premise of Smith’s lecture is the query: “Should we give up our transcendent values for the sake of peaceful cohabitation with those of different values?”
 
Specializing in moral and political philosophy at Yale University, Smith has taught numerous courses at Yale, including “Ethics of Peace, War and Defense,” “The Ethics of Trust” and “Global Justice.” He has presented talks at universities and philosophy conferences from Washington to Beirut, Lebanon, on topics ranging from moral responses to terrorism to legal issues of property institutions and regulative ideals. During the fall 2008 to spring 2009 semester, he was a visiting scholar at the New York University Institute for Public Knowledge.
 
Smith’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Notre Dame Philosophical Review and the Journal of Moral Theory. His forthcoming works include “Ideas of Justice—Positive,” to be published in The Cambridge Companion to the Law and Humanities, and “Practical Imagination and Its Limits,” soon to be featured in Philosophers Imprint.
 
This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
 
This lecture is part of Philosophers’ Holiday, presented through the auspices of the Department of Philosophy, a student and faculty run speakers program started in 1943 that has brought distinguished speakers such as Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt to Vassar. The schedule of lectures is available online at http://philosophy.vassar.edu/lectures.html.
 
People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, November 5, 2009