The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland) will give the 2017–2018 Romanell Lecture at the 2018 Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, CA.
The Patrick Romanell Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on the topic of philosophical naturalism. The lecture comes with a monetary award of $1,200 plus travel costs, and the lecture will be published in the APA Proceedings and Addresses.
Before coming to the University of Maryland, Carruthers was at the University of Sheffield (UK), where he founded and directed the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, resulting in a number of edited volumes of interdisciplinary essays. Carruthers received his DPhil from Oxford in 1980, and he is a member of the organizing committee for the University of Maryland Cognitive Science Colloquium.
The selection committee gave the following statement:
Peter Carruthers is the author of 13 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on a great array of topics, including self-knowledge, consciousness, animal cognition, imagination, and creativity. His work has been deeply influential within philosophy of mind and in neighboring disciplines, including cognitive, developmental and comparative psychology. His work engages closely with empirical research on the mind, often challenging the foundational structuring assumptions of this work, while also directing close attention at its consequences for major questions of philosophical interest.