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Williams to give Sackler lecture
April 18, 1997

Internationally acclaimed philosopher Bernard Williams will deliver a public lecture April 23, the second presentation in the Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series supported by a gift from philanthropists Raymond and Beverly Sackler.

Williams will discuss "Human Rights: The Challenge of Relativism" at 7:30 p.m. in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

"Williams is best known for his subtle and imaginative discussions about what is left out in other peoples' philosophies," said Joel Kupperman, a professor of philosophy at UConn. He was once described in the London Sunday Times as "The cleverest man in Britain." "He is especially known for his ability to think complicated thoughts very quickly," Kupperman said.

Williams has worked principally in moral philosophy, but also in the philosophy of mind, the history of philosophy and the theory of knowledge. His books include Making Sense of Humanity (1995) Shame and Necessity (1993) and Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (1985).

The Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series was established to bring internationally renowned speakers to the University to discuss human rights issues.


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