On Friday, December 1st, Professor Marian David (University of Graz) will deliver the annual Philip Quinn Memorial Lecture. Phil and Marian were colleagues in Notre Dame for fourteen years. Their many shared addictions—talking philosophy interminably, smoking cigarettes incessantly, and reading great quantities of good and also quite bad literature—made for a particularly close relationship between them. When Phil was in a particularly good mood, he’d use a special term of endearment for Marian: “Eurotrash”. Coming from Phil, whose manners were impossibly proper, this meant a great deal. He’d be delighted to know that his Eurotrash friend is here to honor his memory.
The Title of Professor David’s talk is “Comparing Things and Ideas”. Now according to Berkeley “an idea can be like nothing but an idea”, which appears to make the comparison difficult (except, that is, if you also follow Berkeley’s strategy of “changing…ideas into things”).
The talk will take place at 3:00 pm in 138 DeBartolo. It is preceded by a pre-colloquium gathering in the Philosophy Library Lounge, 117 Malloy, 2:15-3:00 pm.
For more information on Dr. David's work, please visit his website.