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Le Moyne College Continues Cavelleria Siracusa Series with Talk by Colgate Professor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a lecture by Edward Witherspoon on Thursday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. in 137 Grewen Hall. His talk is titled “Cavell on Skepticism and the Ordinary.”

Stanley Cavell’s work could be said to be everywhere responsive to the threat of skepticism. Edward Witherspoon, associate professor of philosophy at Colgate University, will trace an argumentative arc to be found in the first half of “The Claim of Reason,” in which Cavell responds to skepticism about the external world. For Cavell, an appeal to ordinary language cannot by itself show that the skeptic has erred in his use of words like “knowledge” and “justification.” But attention to how our words mean what they do provides the tools to show that the skeptic comes to utter words without meaning anything by them.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4514. It is sponsored by the department of philosophy and by the Lectures Committee at Le Moyne College. It is part of an intermittent series of events at Le Moyne in 2009-10, called Cavelleria Siracusa, focusing on the work of American philosopher Stanley Cavell, professor emeritus at Harvard University. The series is supported by a generous grant from the J. P. Watson Fund.

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posted on: 3/9/2010