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Feb. 24, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Daniel Garber will give the annual Roy Wood Sellars Lecture Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The lecture, "Ghosts: Some Philosophical Reflections on Things that go Bump in the Night," is free to the public.

Professor of philosophy at Princeton University, Garber also an associate member of the program in history of science. He holds his doctorate from Harvard.

His principal interests are the relations between philosophy, science and society in the period of the Scientific Revolution.

The author of Descartes' Metaphysical Physics (1992) and Descartes Embodied (2001), he is co-editor with Michael Ayers of the Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy (1998) and co-editor with Steven Nadler of the Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.

He is working on two books: How Aristotle Was Refuted: The Pre-History of the Mechanical Philosophy discusses the rise of a new theory of nature in the 17th century, revolving around a small cast of intellectual characters in Paris from 1620 to 1650; and Leibniz: Substance, Body, and Force investigates a now-forgotten alternative pathway in the history of physics by looking at the 17th-century philosopher's views of the physical world.

The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren.

For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).

Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy.

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