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Philosophy Professor Gives Talk at Houghton College

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Posted: Monday Nov 12, 2012

Nov. 12, 2012

Dr. Margaret Watkins, assistant professor of philosophy in the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, recently presented a talk at Houghton College, Houghton, New York, on her research which is centered on two philosophers who produced philosophy in the form of the personal essay: Michel de Montaigne and David Hume.

During her lecture, “On Unsatisfied Minds,” Dr. Watkins talked about Montaigne’s and Hume’s (and Aristotle’s) treatment of the sometimes maligned, sometimes forgotten virtue of magnanimity or proper pride.

Following her talk, interested auditors were invited to speak informally with Dr. Watkins about another of her philosophical-literary interests, the implicit ethical views of Jane Austen and other nineteenth-century novelists.

Dr. Watkins’ visit was sponsored by the Houghton College Philosophy Department.


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