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NYU classics professor and Vassar alumnus Matthew Evans discusses Plato, October 28, 2009.


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Alumnus and New York University professor Matthew Evans (Vassar class of 1995) will examine what makes it correct for someone to say or think one thing rather than another through Plato’s discussion on the norms of speech and thought on Wednesday, October 28. This presentation, part of the Philosopher’s Holiday series, is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:00pm in Taylor Hall (room 203).



“In the Cratylus Plato develops an argument to the effect that the use of names to refer to things is governed by language-independent standards of correctness,” noted Evans. He said that in his presentation he will “First try to show that this argument, as Plato himself understood it, also establishes that the use of concepts to refer to things is governed by mind-independent standards of correctness. Then I will try to show that, while this argument does not succeed in establishing the first conclusion, it may well succeed in establishing the second.”


Evans, assistant professor of philosophy at New York University will be a guest visiting assistant professor at Yale University during the spring 2010 semester. He received a PhD and MA in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and an AB in religion with honors from Vassar College. Most of his work is in the history of ancient Greek philosophy, and Evans is especially interested in Plato’s ethics and philosophy of mind.


This lecture is part of Philosophers’ Holiday, presented through the auspices of the Department of Philosophy, a student and faculty run speakers program started in 1943 that has brought distinguished speakers such as Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt to Vassar (http://philosophy.vassar.edu/lectures.html).

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 22, 2009