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Philosophy symposium Thursday

Nov. 12, 1997

By Mo Sadjadpour

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

A panel of highly distinguished men in the field of philosophy has been invited to participate in the Pruit Memorial Symposium, titled 'Pragmatism's Common Faith,' Thursday and Friday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center.

The intellectuals, who will come from academic institutions across the nation, include Richard Bernstein, a professor and chair of the philosophy department at the New School for Social Research in New York City; Stephen Rockefeller, a professor of religion at Middlebury College in Vermont; Robert Westbrook, professor and chair of the history department at the University of Rochester; Roger Ward, assistant professor at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.; and Stuart Rosenbaum, a professor of philosophy at Baylor.

According to Michael Johnson, a Hurst graduate student in the philosophy department, these speakers are highly respected and acknowledged in the philosophy circuit.

The concept of pragmatism, which is the doctrine that ideas have value only in terms of their practical sense, will be the main emphasis as it pertains to the intellectual traditions of America. Conference participants will speak about how pragmatism relates to moral and religious values in America.

The men on the panel have all written numerous books, journals and publications in fields of religion, philosophy and global ethics.

The Pruit Memorial Symposium is in its fourth year and is dedicated to making Baylor University a focus for a world view that is distinctly Protestant, Christian, and true to the best thought in Baptist traditions according to a brochure put out by Baylor.

Rosenbaum, one of the speakers and an organizer of the event, said

'Baylor is committed to pursuing all fruitful lines of inquiry and thought.'

The symposium will include lectures by Westbrook, Rosenbaum and Rockefeller, as well as a panel discussion on Friday afternoon. Students and faculty will have an opportunity to discuss the issues addressed after the lectures and panel discussion.

The conference will begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Friday.

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