Professor Ronald Dworkin Gives Merlan Lecture at Scripps College

CLAREMONT, Calif. (February 24, 2011) — Distinguished philosopher and legal scholar Ronald Dworkin will deliver the Philip and Franciszka Merlan Lecture at Scripps College on Tuesday, March 1, at 4:15 p.m. in Balch Auditorium.  Dworkin will speak on “Einstein’s God: Must Religion Be Supernatural?”   Sponsored by the Scripps College department of philosophy, the event is free and open to the public.

Dworkin is known for his theories of resource egalitarianism and of law as integrity.  He is the author of numerous influential books and scholarly articles, including Taking Rights Seriously, A Matter of Principle, Law’s Empire, Philosophical Issues in Senile Dementia, Life’s Dominion, and Freedom’s Law. He has received the Jefferson Medal, the Nicolas Luhmann Prize in the Sciences, and the Holberg Memorial Prize in the Humanities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books.

The Merlan Lecture was established by the Scripps College graduating class of 1969 to honor the memory of Professor Philip Merlan, who taught philosophy at Scripps College for 25 years. The author of books that have become classic works of philosophy, Merlan also wrote more than 300 papers. His wife, Franciszka Merlan, edited a posthumous eight-volume series of Philip Merlan’s papers and was a respected scholar and teacher in her own right, holding positions at Columbia, Krakow, Pomona, and Scripps College. Her name was added to the lectureship in 1983 in tribute to her contribution to her students.

A question-and-answer session and reception will follow.  For additional information, contact Scripps College Professor of Philosophy Rivka Weinberg (909) 607-1819.

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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