Dr. William Hasker to discuss new book


HUNTINGTON, IN - Dr. William Hasker, distinguished professor of philosophy at Huntington College, will discuss his latest book, The Emergent Self, at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2000, in the RichLyn Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A discussion will follow the presentation.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to hear and respond to one of academe's preeminent philosophers," said Robert Kaehr, director of library services at Huntington College. "A few copies of this latest book will be made available for purchase and you may have your copy signed."

The public is cordially invited to attend. RichLyn Library is located on the north side of campus, adjacent to the recently opened segment of the College's perimeter road. Convenient parking is available in the newly expanded lot north of the College's historic administration building, Becker Hall. For further information, contact Robert Kaehr at (260) 359-4063.

Dr. R. William Hasker, Chair of Division of Humanities and Bible at Huntington College, received his Ph.D. in theology and philosophy of religion from The University of Edinburgh. A distinguished scholar, Dr. Hasker has published numerous works. His latest book is The Emergent Self, published in 1999 by Cornell University Press. In the book, Hasker joins one of the most heated debates in analytic philosophy, that over the nature of the mind. Hasker offers a compelling critique of the popular idea that the mind is merely matter. He shows that contemporary materialism-the attempt to explain the workings of the mind in terms of simple physics-cannot adequately explain real human experience. Hasker's own theory recognizes the critical role of the brain and nervous system for mental processes, but avoids the reductionism of modern materialism. Dr. Hasker developed the book while on sabbatical with the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program.

Other books by Hasker include Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Oxford University Press and God, Time, and Knowledge by Cornell University Press. Hasker's scholarly articles have appeared in the Supplementary Volume to the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and in the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. During 1989-90, he was a Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Hasker is currently among a group of six philosophers that has received a research grant from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Hasker's group will study "The Metaphysics of Human Persons and Free Will."

Hasker is editor-elect for the journal Faith and Philosophy. His duties will begin following his retirement from active teaching at the end of the current academic year.

Philosophy is among a diverse array of programs available at Huntington College. The Christian liberal-arts college offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nearly 50 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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