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American Philosophy Series Addresses Nature and the Self

A growing interest in the relationship between the self and nature inspired this fall’s School of Philosophy lecture series, "Nature in American Philosophy," according to Jean DeGroot, associate professor of philosophy.

The series, which begins September 8, will reflect upon varied facets of American scientific, historical and philosophical thought, Professor DeGroot said.

Students of literature will be interested in "The Colors of the Spirit: Emerson and Thoreau on Nature and the Self," the debut lecture in the series, by the University of New Mexico's Russell Goodman.

Harvey Mansfield of Harvard University will offer a lecture on Tocqueville that should appeal to historians. A lecture on Charles Darwin’s influence on philosophy in the mid- 19th century will interest scientists and philosophers, and law students can hear a discussion about "Holmes on Natural Law and Legal Science." The final lecture, said Professor DeGroot, "involves all of American intellectual life, history, science and how the ideas were carried forth."

The series will also attempt to convey the interplay between American philosophy of nature and Aristotelian philosophy, said Professor De Groot, who will speak on Charles Darwin and Chauncey Wright in October.

This year’s series honors Dean Emeritus Jude P. Dougherty, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the thought of John Dewey, the 20th century American pragmatist.

All lectures are at 2 p.m. in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

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