Montana State University

Sept. 2 Hausser Lecture to focus on reason, emotion

August 2, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A philosophical discussion about the purpose of reason and emotion will be the focus of this year's Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture at Montana State University.

Sponsored by MSU's Department of History and Philosophy, the event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Hager Auditorium of MSU's Museum of the Rockies. John Doris from Washington University in St. Louis will give a stump speech on "What is Reason For?" Jesse Prinz from the City University of New York Graduate Center will speak on "What is Emotion For?"

The lecture, including a question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 5 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture.

Doris teaches in Washington University's Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program and Philosophy Department. Much of his current scholarship involves theoretical and empirical research on moral responsibility, evaluative diversity, psychopathology and rationality. He wrote the 2002 book titled "Lack of Character."

Prinz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at CUNY. His research focuses on the perceptual, emotional and cultural foundations of the human mind. He has written several books, including "Furnishing the Mind" and "The Emotional Construction of Morals."

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