University of Georgia Philosophy Professor to Lecture at W&L
Richard Dien Winfield, Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy, University of Georgia, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Is Phenomenology Necessary as Introduction to Philosophy?”
In his talk, Winfield will argue that philosophy, unlike the natural and social sciences, must begin without presuppositions about its subject matter. However, he will also argue that phenomenological investigation, of the sort that the 19th-century German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel carried out in his Phenomenology of Spirit, is the only viable introduction to a systematic philosophy without presuppositions.
Winfield is the author of over a dozen books, including The Just Economy; The Just Family; The Just State: Rethinking Self-Government; Modernity, Religion, and the War on Terror; Stylistics: Rethinking the Artforms After Hegel; and The Living Mind: From Psyche to Consciousness.
Winfield is the past president of the Hegel Society of America and the current president of the Society for Systematic Philosophy.
He earned a B.A. from Yale College; studied at the University of Paris and the University of Heidelberg, where he received a magister artium (M.A.); and also earned a Ph.D. from Yale.