Steinkraus Lecture to feature expert in philosophy of mind

OSWEGO — Dr. Peter Carruthers, who specializes in the philosophy of mind at the University of Maryland, will deliver the 24th annual Warren Steinkraus Lecture on Human Ideals on Sept. 29, at SUNY Oswego.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 2:15 p.m. in the Historic Classroom, Room 222 of Sheldon Hall.

Dr. Peter Carruthers, professor of philosophy, University of Maryland
Dr. Peter Carruthers, professor of philosophy, University of Maryland

Carruthers, who has published dozens of articles and is awaiting the release of his 12th book, “The Opacity of Mind,” will give a talk titled “Is Self-Knowledge Special? The Case Against.”

Also an expert in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, Carruthers has focused on theories of consciousness, knowledge of our own propositional attitudes (beliefs, desires and the like) and the roles of natural language in human cognition.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy at University of Leeds and his doctorate from University of Oxford.

Carruthers previously taught at the University of Sheffield, where he established the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, devoted to collaborative research on fundamental issues about the nature of cognition.

The annual lecture is in honor of the late SUNY Oswego professor Warren Steinkraus, who retired from the philosophy department in 1987 following a distinguished career. He was interested in a wide array of human ideals, including social justice, equality, peace and aesthetic quality.

The Oswego College Foundation sponsors the lecture in recognition of Steinkraus’ contributions to the philosophy department.

For more information, contact Dr. Craig DeLancey at 312-2017 or [email protected]