The Fisher Center and the Religious Studies Department at Hobart and William Smith will welcome philosopher and theorist Richard Bernstein of the New School for Social Research in New York City who will lead a discussion on religion and politics in the contemporary world on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Speaking on this year’s Fisher Center theme of “Engendering Crisis,” Bernstein will deliver a lecture titled “John Dewey’s Vision of Radical Democracy” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Bernstein is currently the Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the New School for Social Research. His recent book publications include “Radical Evil: A Philosophic Interrogation” wherein he critiques the appeal to evil as a political tool that obscures complex issues, blocks thinking, and stifles public discussion and debate. He is also the author of “Freud and the Legacy of Moses” and “Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question.”
He received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1958 from Yale University with a dissertation on “John Dewey’s Metaphysics of Experience.” In addition to the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, he has taught at Yale University, Hebrew University, Haverford College, Catholic University of America, University of Pennsylvania, and Frankfurt University. He was chair of the Department of Philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School from 1989 to 2002.
The Fisher Center was endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.
For more information about this year’s Fisher Center lineup, check out the news release here.