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Rhode Island Philosophical Society
Spring Meeting
April 6, 2002

We are very pleased to announce that our Spring meeting will be held at the Community College of Rhode Island on Saturday, April 6, 2002. Please note details below.

Conference Room 1134

 9:30 am             Coffee, pastries and conversation
10:00 am            William Kinnaman, President: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:10 am            Paul Leclerc, Vice-President: Introduction of Featured Speaker
10:20 am            Dr. Bernard Reginster, Nihilism and the Affirmation of Life. Discussion following
12:00 pm            Lunch

Professional Profile and Paper Topic

We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Bernard Reginster, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brown University, will be our featured speaker. Professor Reginster completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Louvain in 1984. He was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He has taught at Brown University since 1994 and was appointed Associate Professor in 2001. His research interests are ethics, moral psychology, and 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy. Dr. Reginsterís current work includes themes in Nietzscheís philosophy; conceptions of the self in 20th century French philosophy; and virtue in 19th century German philosophy.

His published works include articles on ethics and Nietzscheís philosophy, as well as two books: Nietzsche. LíOeil et líAbÓme (Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 1986) and forthcoming from Harvard University Press, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism. Professor Reginsterís paper, Nihilism and the Affirmation of Life, presents an overview of Nietzscheís philosophical project. It touches upon, directly or indirectly, several interrelated themes that together constitute a problem-set (French, problťmatique) of broad philosophical interest: a prominent and controversial motif (nihilism) in 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy; fundamental issues in ethics; existential and psychological dimensions of meaning and value; and the contemporary cultural and ethical significance of Nietzscheís general philosophical project. Given its thematic complexity and philosophical implications, Professor Reginsterís paper promises to evoke a lively and stimulating philosophical discussion.

RSVP (Lunch)

Please RSVP by March 30 to:

Paul Leclerc

Department of Social Sciences
Community College of Rhode Island
Tel.: (401) 886-4107


Knight Campus
400 East Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807

If traveling North on Route 95:
Take Exit 11 (295). Then take Exit 1 onto Route 113 west; continue straight to campus entrance.

   If traveling South on Route 95: Take Exit 12B. Bear left at fork to Route 113 west; continue straight to Campus entrance.

 Please Note: Utilizing the main entrance to the college, go to the top of the hill and park in the Faculty/Staff parking lot on your left. Enter the school by means of the
   ramp and look for signs pointing to Room 1130.

Plan now to attend the Fall RIPS meeting in October. Details will be forthcoming.