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Philosopher to speak on the origins of alpinism March 4 at MSU

February 18, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Claude Evans, professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis will give a talk on "The First Truly Modern Man: Francesco Petrarch and the Origins of Alpinism" at a seminar scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, March 4 in room 1-114 of Wilson Hall on the campus of Montana State University.

Evans is a well-known Kant scholar who writes widely on hunting, fishing and environmental ethics. His book "With Respect for Nature: Living as Part of the Natural World," will be published in May.

In a famous letter dated 1336, Petrarch described his ascent of Mont Vantoux in southern France. Later, many historians claimed it was the first time in Western literary history when someone climbed a mountain simply to take in the view. However, other historians have disputed the interpretation of the letter, but Evans defends it in "I Climb the Mountain," a book that Evans is writing.

Evans talk is free and is sponsored by the MSU Department of History and Philosophy in cooperation with the Hausser Fund for the Humanities.

Contact: Gordon Brittan (406) 994-5208