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Philosophy professor is Eddy lecturer

September 26, 2012

As the 2012 Eddy Lecturer, Professor Akeel Bilgrami of Columbia University is being recognized for his work which exemplifies the values of public dialogue, interdisciplinary study, and international understanding.

Akeel Bilgrami is a philosopher of mind and language. He has written extensively on issues of secularism, identity, and also a range of issues that emerge from Gandhi's philosophy.Thursday, September 27
7-9:30 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 131

This year's Eddy lectureship has been awarded to Professor Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and faculty member of the Committee on Global Thought.   

Ironically, Bilgrami first pursued a degree in English Literature from Bombay University, but said he "defected to philosophy because he found the former too hard."

He then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, received another Bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, then received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 

The title of Bilgrami's Sept. 27 lecture is "Value, agency, and the unalienated life."

Philosopher of language and mind

Bilgrami says that he has two relatively independent sets of intellectual interests:in the philosophy of mind and language, and in political philosophy and moral psychology, especially as they surface in politics, history, and culture.

The Eddy Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the University Honors Program to honor the memory of Professor Willard O. Eddy.

The lectureship is awarded to an internationally recognized scholar whose work exemplifies the values of:

  • public dialogue,
  • interdisciplinary study, and
  • international understanding.

Eddy seminar to be held on Sept. 26

Please note -- there will also be an Eddy Seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., in the Lory Student Center, Room 203-205. The title of Professor Bilgrami's seminar will be "Why does liberalism find it so hard to cope with identities?"

Contact: Gaylene Wolfe
Phone: (970) 491-3351