Geneva College’s Philosophy Program is hosting its seventh annual Bitar Memorial Lecture April 27-28. Paul Moser (Loyola University, Chicago), is this year’s Bitar Lecturer.
Dr. Moser is Professor and Chairperson of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and Editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly (2007-present). He has authored two very recent books on the philosophy of religion: The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is also the author of Philosophy after Objectivity (Oxford University Press, 1993) and Knowledge and Evidence (Cambridge University Press, 1989). In addition, he has edited the following books, among others: Rationality In Action: Contemporary Approaches(Cambridge University Press, 1990), Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Oxford Handbook of Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2002), and A Priori Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 1987; Oxford Readings in Philosophy Series). He has also co-edited the following works, among others: The Wisdom of the Christian Faith(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and The Rationality of Theism (Routledge, 2003). He is co-editor of the new Cambridge University Press Book Series on Religion, Philosophy, and Society.
Dr. Moser will present two lectures, each with a formal response by another philosopher. The Bitar event also includes a dinner with the lecturers for faculty and invited guests from Geneva and other institutions, as well as the announcement of the annual Cash Prize for best student philosophy paper. Available to the public will also be a book table selling Moser’s books, and a Book-Signing Dessert Reception hosted by the Lectures’ endowing families, the William Kriners and the family of Byron Bitar.
The Dr. Byron I. Bitar Memorial Lecture in Philosophy was endowed by the William C. Kriner Family in memory of Geneva College’s beloved professor of a quarter-century, in order to continue his legacy and vision for philosophy. The Lecture was inaugurated in 2004, a year after Dr. Bitar’s untimely death. Past Bitar Lecturers include renowned philosophers Stephen Evans, Paul Helm, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Linda Zagzebski, and James K.A.Smith.
Geneva College is the only CCCU institution with a full-time program in Rome, Italy. In Rome, students spend a semester studying the humanities, traveling throughout Italy and Europe, and engaging in volunteer activities.