Philosopher Peter Singer to Speak at Scripps

CLAREMONT, Calif. (April 4, 2008) — World-renowned philosopher, ethicist, and animal rights activist Peter Singer will give the Philip and Franciszka Merlan Lecture at Scripps College on Thursday, April 24, at 4:15 p.m. in Balch Auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture. Presented by the Scripps College Philosophy Department, the event is free and open to the public.

Singer, currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, is the author of numerous influential books and articles, published in more than 20 languages. His books include Practical Ethics, Democracy and Disobedience, and How Are We to Live?, among others. His book One World was used as a text in the spring 2006 Scripps College Humanities Institute course “Doing Good in the World.”

The Scripps College class of 1969 established and dedicated the Philip and Franciszka Merlan lecture to honor the memory of Professor Philip Merlan, who taught at Scripps College for 25 years; during that time he also held visiting positions at Bonn, Columbia, Munich, and Oxford universities. He wrote more than 300 hundred papers on philosophy, jurisprudence, and literature, as well as the philosophy books From Platonism to Neoplatonism (1975), and Monopsychism, Mysticism, and Metaconsciousness (1969). Franciszka Merlan’s name was added to the lectureship in 1983 as a tribute to her contribution to her students, to Philip Merlan’s work, and to Scripps College. Franciszka Merlan edited a posthumous eight-volume series of Philip Merlan’s papers. She was also a respected scholar and teacher in her own right, holding positions at Columbia University, Krakow University, Pomona College and Scripps College.

For more information, please contact Rivka Weinberg at (909) 607-1819.