Philosopher John Perry to Give Niebuhr Lecture May 2

April 26, 2012 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

John Perry, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University and a prolific author, will give this year’s Niebuhr Lecture, The Self as Subject and Object, on Wednesday, May 2.

Perry has made significant contributions to many areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. In addition to his emeritus post at Stanford, where he taught from 1974 until 2011, Perry is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and books, including Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness, Reference and Reflexivity, and Identity, Personal Identity and the Self.  He also is co-host of the public radio program Philosophy Talk.

Established 50 years ago, the Niebuhr Lecture is held in honor of two of Elmhurst College’s most esteemed alumni, theologians Reinhold Niebuhr, Class of 1910, and his brother, H. Richard Niebuhr, who graduated from Elmhurst in 1912 and served as the College’s sixth president (1924-1927). The Niebuhrs are widely acknowledged to be among the foremost American theologians of the 20th century.

Perry’s talk will begin May 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Illinois Hall, in the Schaible Science Center. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

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