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38th Fritz Marti Lecture

Credulity and Circumspection: Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief

Speaker: Susan Haack, Miami University, School of LawDate: April 2, 2015

[IMAGE: Susan Haack]     [IMAGE: Susan Haack Book]

Susan Haack & Her Book, "Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and It's Place in Culture"

Susan Haack

Susan Haack (B.A., M.A., B.Phil, Oxford; Ph.D., Cambridge) is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami.
Her work ranges from philosophy of logic and language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, Pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, especially scientific evidence, to social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature.

Her books include Philosophy of Logics; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate; Defending Science—Within Reason; Pragmatism, Old and New; Putting Philosophy to Work (2008), Ciencia, Sociedad y Cultura (2008), and the second, expanded edition of her internationally-acclaimed Evidence and Inquiry (2009). In 2010 she received her first copies of the Chinese edition of Defending Science; in 2011 she gave a series of lectures in Rio de Janeiro to mark the publication of the Portuguese edition of her Manifesto; the Romanian edition of Evidence and Inquiry appeared in 2012; and the second, expanded edition of Putting Philosophy to Work in 2013. Her new book, Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law, (Flyer/Podcast1/Podcast2) published by Cambridge University Press, appeared in 2014.
Haack has also published around 200 articles, in a wide range of philosophical, legal, literary, scientific, and general-interest journals. A good many of these articles have proven so highly-regarded that they have been reprinted and/or translated, some several times.
Haack’s work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Croatian, Danish, Swedish, Romanian, Korean, and Chinese; and she is invited to lecture around the world.
She counts more than 600 speaking engagements (so far!)—in philosophy departments, at law schools, at international conferences, and in numerous other fora. In 2009 she gave lectures across the U.S., and in Italy, the U.K., Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, and—her second major lecture tour there—China; in 2010 she gave lectures in the U.S., Spain, Slovakia, Canada, Finland, and Colombia; in 2011 in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, and Romania; in 2012 in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Brazil, and (twice) Colombia. In 2013 she gave lectures in the U.S., Belgium, Greece, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, and Germany; and in 2014 in the U.S., the Netherlands, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Peru. Her 2015 schedule already includes speaking engagements in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Poland, Brazil, and the U.K.
Prof. Haack has won an award from the American Philosophical Association, and another from UM, for excellence in teaching; and (also from UM) an award for outstanding graduate mentor, the Provost’s Award for excellence in research, and the Faculty Senate Distinguished Scholar Award; as well as the (national) Forkosch Award for excellence in writing. She was included in Peter J. King’s One Hundred Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World’s Greatest Thinkers and in the Sunday Independent’s list, based on a BBC poll, of the ten most important women philosophers of all time; her work has celebrated in a volume of essays entitled Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions; and in 2011 she was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by Petre Andrei University (Romania). The Münster Lecture that she gave at Universität Münster in 2013 will appear in the form of a second volume of essays on her work, Susan Haack: Reintegrating Philosophy.

[IMAGE: Dr. Judith Crane introduces Susan Haack]

Dr. Judith Crane gives some opening words and introduces speaker Susan Haack (photo by Stephen Wilke)

[IMAGE: Susan Haack speaking on the intellectual vice of credulity]

Susan Haack speaking on the intellectual vice of credulity

[IMAGE: Audience present at Haack Lecture]

An audience composed of faculty, students, alumni, and emeritus professors

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

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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