April 20: Alexander Nehamas
Metaphors in Our Lives: ‘I Love You for Yourself'
Alexander Nehamas is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature and the Carpenter
Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was born in Athens, Greece. His books include
Nietzsche: Life as Literature,
The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault,
Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates,
Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, and
On Friendship. He has also translated Plato’s
Phaedrus into English. At Princeton, he has chaired the Council of the Humanities, the Program
in Hellenic Studies, and he was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in
the Liberal Arts.
Center for Integration of Business Education & Humanities;
College of Business;
Center for Hellenic Studies;
Abstract: Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts, but surprisingly difficult to define.
Nehamas argues that friendship is an aesthetic, but not always moral, good. Like metaphors
and works of art, friendships are inexhaustible and the people who matter to us always
remain a step beyond the furthest point our knowledge of them has reached—though only
if, and as long as, they still matter to us. Love for our friends shape who we are
and who we might become.
Friday, April 20, 3 pm to 4:30 pm, Wang Center Theater
February 9: Hopi Hoekstra
What Darwin Didn't Know
Hopi Hoekstra is an internationally renowned biologist and the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
at Harvard University. She has made major strides in developing an approach that connects
evolution in the wild to mechanisms at the molecular level. When Darwin articulated
his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was missing a key piece:
While he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this
information was transmitted through generations. In the years since, not only has
DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we can link genes to
the traits they encode and also find evidence for evolution at a once unimaginable
level: in DNA, genes and genomes. Hoekstra will describe her work studying evolution
in action, linking genes to traits and ultimately to survival.
Co-sponsored by the
Department of Ecology and Evolution.
Friday, February 9, 7:30 pm, Earth & Space Sciences Building, Lecture Theater 001