FSC holds philosophy
Program features Dr. John Lachs of Vanderbilt University
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 13,
2003) - The department of religion and philosophy presents a lecture
featuring Dr. John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy at
Vanderbilt University. Titled "The Enemies of Life," Lachs' discussion
deals with the drive to find meaning and value in an often chaotic
and dangerous world. The lecture takes place Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in
Room 303, Edge Hall.
"Dr. Lachs was one of the most dynamic and inspiring professors
I've known," said FSC philosophy professor Dr. Daniel Silber, who
studied under Lachs as a graduate student. "I'm glad that members
of the FSC community will have a chance to meet him and listen to
what he has to say about the relevance of philosophy to everyday
Lachs is the author of numerous philosophical books and articles,
including most recently "The Relevance of Philosophy to Life" (1995),
"In Love with Life" (1998), "Thinking in the Ruins: Wittgenstein
and Santayana on Contingency" (2000), and "The Philosophy of William
Ernest Hocking" (2001). He is also general editor of the Encyclopedia
of American Philosophy.
In his teaching career, Lachs has been recognized with the E. Harris
Harbison Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Madison Sarrat Prize
for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Alumni Education Award
from Vanderbilt University, and the Herbert Schneider Award for
Lifetime Contributions to American Philosophy. He has been president
of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, the C.S.
Peirce Society, and the Metaphysical Society of America, and has
received more than 20 grants from such organizations as the American
Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Lachs has served as consultant to more than one hundred colleges,
universities, and organizations, including the National Institutes
of Health, the University of Tennessee Medical Ethics Program, and
the Kettering Foundation. He has delivered lectures worldwide, made
more than 130 appearances on radio and television programs, and
published more than 150 articles on Plato, Santayana, Hume, Nietzsche,
John Stuart Mill, and other topics.
The presentation, sponsored by the FSC advancement office, is free
and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For additional
information, please contact Dr. Dan Silber at 863-680-4181 or email
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.