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A Philosopher Looks at Genocide: Fourth Annual Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture, presented by Professor Paul Boghossian

Paul Boghossian is professor of philosophy at New York University and one of the major philosophers in the United States today. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Princeton, the University of Michigan, and New York University. In ten years as chair of the Philosophy Department at NYU, he has built its reputation, nationally and internationally, as a center of intellectual creativity.

Working in the areas of philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and epistemology, Professor Boghossian has published widely. His most recent major books are FEAR OF KNOWLEDGE: AGAINST RELATIVISM AND CONSTRUCTIVISM (Oxford UP, 2005) and CONTENT AND JUSTIFICATION: PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS (Oxford UP, forthcoming). As the Fourth Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecturer, Professor Boghossian will draw upon his expertise as a philosopher to discuss the major conceptual issues connected with the topic of the Armenian Genocide. How is genocide distinguished from other crimes against humanity? What is the distinction between explanation and justification? Is there such a thing as objective historical truth and are there ways of ascertaining it? Cosponsored by The Center for German and European Studies, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Ohanessian Chair in CLA.

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