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4/26/2002 Philosophy lectures scheduled at Linfield

McMINNVILLE -- William Leon McBride, the Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, will present the 32nd annual Walter Powell-Linfield College Spring Philosophy Lectures, Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7.

McBride will speak on "The Global Impact of U.S. Philosophy" Monday, May 6, and on

"Sartre’s Move to Political Theory" Tuesday, May 7. Both lectures will be at 8 p.m. in Renshaw Gallery. They are free and open to the public.

McBride is internationally recognized for his work in social and political philosophy, and especially for his contributions to the study of Jean-Paul Sartre’s social and political thought. He was named Chevalier in the Order des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in 1995. His service and contributions to the profession and practice of philosophy have extended around the globe and across professions. He has been an invited lecturer at more than 40 universities and colleges worldwide.

McBride holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and both a master of arts and doctorate from Yale University, where he taught for nine years before moving to Purdue University in 1973. In addition to authoring seven books, the most recent of which is "Philosophical Reflections on Changes in Eastern Europe," and editing or co-editing nine others, McBride has published more than 90 scholarly articles and an equal number of book reviews. He is a co-founder of the Sartre Society of North America and also has served as the organization's director.

In addition to numerous other awards and honors, McBride has held both a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fulbright Lectureship. He is a senior member of the American Philosophical Association, having served on a variety of committees as well as its board of directors. He is currently the presiding president of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, a member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies, and on the program committee for the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy (Istanbul, 2003).

For more information, call 503-883-2216.