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The Department of Philosophy’s Dr. Barry Allen will be giving a talk for the Department of Religious Studies Colloquium Series.

“Empiricism with Chinese Characteristics”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

3:30 pm in UH 122 – Reception to follow

Abstract: How comparable are western and Chinese traditions in terms of “empiricism,”
what would “empiricism” have to mean to allow the comparison, what differences are there
touching on empiricism, experimentation, and the value of experience?

Speaker Bio: Barry Allen, Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished University Professor at
McMaster, is a leading philosopher of culture. He has worked to bridge the gap between analytic
and continental philosophy, in aesthetics particularly on questions of design and the relationship
to technology, and most recently on Asian philosophy.
He is the author of many books, including Truth in Philosophy (Harvard, 1993), Knowledge and
Civilization (Westview, 2004), Artifice and Design (Cornell, 2008), Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in
Chinese Tradition (Harvard, 2015) and Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts
(Columbia, 2015).