Howell Lecture to focus on democracy, knowledge and media April 8

“Democracy as a Way of Life: Practical, Deliberative, Creative” is the topic of the sixth biannual Thomas J. Howell Lecture on Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in Alger Hall 110.

David L. Hildebrand, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver, will provide the lecture. In addition to two books and many essays about pragmatism, neo-pragmatism and American philosophy, Hildebrand has published articles about public education, public administration and intellectual entrepreneurship in academia.

His lecture will explain why American philosopher John Dewey thought that intelligence and growth of experience were central to the American democratic experiment and why these values deserve to rule out dogmatic or blind appeals to authority. Also to be examined is how entertainment-oriented mass media frequently work against the skills and information people need to accomplish genuine inquiry.

Thomas J. Howell was a professor of philosophy and first chair of the combined philosophy and foundations of education department. He was named an emeritus professor upon his retirement in 1993 after 33 years on the faculty. He died in 1996.

Sponsored by the Philosophy Department, with funding provided by the Committee on College Lectures and the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.