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40th Fritz Marti Lecture


Speaker: John Heil

Professor of Philosophy 

Washington University in St Louis 

Title: Free Will and Physics

Date: 24 March, 2017, Friday at 4 pm

Location: Mississippi-Illinois Room, MUC


John Heil

John Heil, who is listed among the 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers, works primarily in metaphysics and philosophy of mind and has teaching interests in metaphysics, logic, philosophy of mind, and early modern philosophy. His most recent books are The Universe as We Find It (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction 3rd ed. (Routledge, 2012). 



Who was Fritz Marti?

On the first of January in 1894, Fritz Marti was born in Switzerland. In the fall of 1965, he joined the faculty at SIUE at the age of 71. Although older than many of his colleagues, Fritz was lively and enthusiastic. He came to SIUE with a rich and exciting history. Growing up in Switzerland, he held a job as an iron worker before fighting with the Swiss army during World War 1. Afterwards, he studied mechanical engineering and philosophy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. With his newly earned Ph.D. in philosophy, Fritz Marti immigrated to the US in 1922. Here, he taught at many different universities, served as president of both the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the Southern Society for Philosophy of Religion, ran a private preparatory school in Ohio, and even taught art history.

For more information about Fritz Marti, visit Oregon State University's website.

Philosophy Department Faculty with Bust of Fritz Marti

Previous Fritz Marti Lectures:

from most recent

2016: Kevin Hart, University of Virginia, "Phenomenology of Hermeneutics"

2015: Susan Haack, Miami University, "Credulity and Circumspection: Epistemology and the Ethics of Belief"

2014: Jason Stanley, Yale University, “Language as a Mechanism of Control”

2013: David Wood, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy & Professor of European Studies, Vanderbilt University, "Thinking Out of the Box (after Heidegger)"

2010: Claudia Card, Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Evils and Inexcusable Wrongs"

2009: Arthur Fine, University of Washington, "Worldly Understanding: Science, Realism, and Objectivity"

2008: Alvin Plantinga, Notre Dame, "Divine Action in the World"

2007: Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame, "We're Right, They're Wrong"

2006: John Doris, Washington University in St. Louis, "Skepticism about Evil: From My Lai to Abu Ghraib"

2005: Thomas R. Flynn, Emory University, "Jean-Paul Sartre, A Man of the Nineteenth Century Addressing the Twenty-First?"

2004: Theodore Sider, Rutgers University, "Vague, So Untrue"

2003: Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh, "Science and Common Sense"

2002: Ernest Sosa, Brown University, "The Skeptic's Appeal Denied: the Historical Roots of Philosophical Skepticism, and its Relevance to Philosophy Today"

2001: Iris Young, University of Chicago, Department of Political Science, "Difference Is Not Identity: Some Remarks on Structural Inequality"

2000: Mark Sagoff, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, "Ecosystem Design in Historical and Philosophical Context"

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