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Sept. 13, 2000
OSWEGO -- The 13th annual Warren Steinkraus Lectures at Oswego State will address "Mind, Morals and the Meaning of Life." The conference will begin at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in Bell Auditorium, Room 213 of Hewitt Union.
Dr. Owen Flanagan of Duke University will be the guest speaker. He is the James B. Duke professor of philosophy, professor experimental psychology and professor neurobiology at Duke.
Flanagan's most recent book is "Dreaming Souls: Sleep, Dreams, and the Evolution of the Conscious Mind." He is also the author of "Self-Expression: Mind, Morals, and the Meaning of Life," "Consciousness Reconsidered" and "Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism."
Flanagan has also published more than 50 journal articles and chapters in books and many reviews and colloquium papers. He has held a number of distinguished chairs and fellowships. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he taught at Wellesley College and Brandeis University.
He is past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and series editor for the Philosophy of the Mind Series at Oxford University Press.
Flanagan received his doctorate in philosophy from Boston University.
Dr. Charles Echelbarger, chair of Oswego State's philosophy department, will offer opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. Flanagan's talk will begin at 2:45 p.m.
Professor Steinkraus, in whose honor the lecture series has been held annually since 1988, retired from Oswego State in 1987 after a distinguished career of scholarship and teaching.
He was an active member and co-founder of several professional philosophical societies, including the Gandhi-King Society, and was associate editor the philosophy journal Idealistic Studies. He died in February 1990.
For more information about the conference, call the philosophy department at 312-2249.
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