Philosophy Department

A Scottish Thanksgiving

Dartmouth Now's recent article, "Far-Flung Thanksgiving: Off-Campus Programs Celebrate," includes a description of how the Religion and Philosophy FSPs - led by Religion Professor Kevin Reinhart and Philosophy Professor Susan Brison and both held at the University of Edinburgh this term - are combining forces to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Their Thanksgiving dinner, which will include turkey with all the fixings as well as vegetarian haggis, will be hosted in the home of a Dartmouth alum from the Class of 1974 who teaches at the university. One of the students on the Religion FSP comments, "The Dartmouth network never ceases to amaze me."

Mohan Matthen (Toronto) to deliver 41st Gramlich Lecture

Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver this year's Gramlich Lecture, "Pleasure and Art". Professor Matthen has published widely in the philosophy of perception, philosophy of biology, and ancient philosophy, and, more recently, the philosophy of art.

Abstract:

Art has value. At least in part, this is because it gives pleasure. What is the nature of this pleasure, and how does it confer value? In this paper, I offer an account of aesthetic pleasure as a mental state. I describe a certain type of pleasure—facilitating pleasure, as I call it—and show how aesthetic pleasure is a special kind of this. My account helps show how the psychology of human evaluation of beauty parallels the normative structure of Kantian philosophical aesthetics.

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