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Philosophy Lecture and Discussion by Professor Jonathan Ellis

The Challenge of Conviction 

Saturday, April 26 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Cowell College Conference Room, Cowell 132

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Please join us for a lecture on “The Challenge of Conviction" by Professor Jonathan Ellis. Following the talk, Professor Ellis will lead a discussion on the ideas presented in the lecture. A light lunch will be served.

The Challenge of Conviction

Professor Jonathan Ellis

UC Santa Cruz has long characterized itself as “The Authority on Questioning Authority.” By assuming this moniker, our institution self-consciously and courageously shoulders the responsibility of questioning itself: the authority on questioning authority must question its own values, tenets, and perspective. Questioning oneself, though, is challenging, and recent work in both philosophy and the empirical social sciences raises provocative questions about how, and to what extent, an individual or group can effectively and honestly meet this challenge. Presenting research from a variety of fields, as well as some of his own work, Professor Ellis will discuss some of the complex theoretical and pragmatic issues with which admirably self-conscious, open-minded thinkers must wrestle.

Visit Professor Ellis’ Faculty Page to learn more about his work.

For more information, please contact Hollie Clausnitzer, Philosophy Department manager.