Philosopher to speak at Bates


LEWISTON – A philosopher emeritus at Harvard University will speak at Bates College at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

Hilary Putnam will address “The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy.” Sponsored by the Bates English department, Putnam’s talk is open to the public at no charge.

“The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy” is also the title of a book of essays by Putnam that argues against the notion that facts and values are somehow categorically exclusive of or opposed to one another. Putnam, instead, asserts that facts and values are categorically “entangled,” and even that, as one reviewer wrote, “knowledge of facts presupposes knowledge of values.”

Putnam is an intermittent learning associate in the Mellon Learning Associates Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Bates. In a program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these learning associates visit the college to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with seniors working on theses in suitable areas of study and with sophomores and juniors preparing intellectually for thesis.