Renowned New York University Professor of Philosophy Ted Sider will visit the Hobart and William Smith campus Thursday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room to present the Foster P. Boswell Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy. His lecture titled “Time” will address the mysteries that arise from the familiarity and strangeness of time. Is it like space? If time “passes,” then how fast? How is one the same person over time?
Sider holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has previously taught at the University of Rochester, Syracuse University, Rutgers University, University of Leeds, Australian National University, and has been a professor at NYU since 2007. An expert in metaphysics and the philosophy of language, he is also the author of the 2003 APA Book Prize Award winning “Four Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time” and also “Logic for Philosophy,” and “Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics,” along with dozens of articles.
The Boswell Distinguished Visiting Philosopher series is sponsored by the Philosophy Department’s Boswell Memorial Fund. Foster P. Boswell, whose bequest endowed the fund, graduated from Hobart in 1901, and then returned to teach philosophy, psychology, and education at Hobart and William Smith from 1908 until 1949. The lecture series is meant to be of special interest to undergraduates and others who are not professional philosophers.