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Lecture on Leibniz at St. John's College
FOR RELEASE: February 16, 2009
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey 410-626-2539
Christia Mercer, a professor of philosophy at Columbia University, will give a lecture at St. John's College entitled "The Weirdness of Leibniz's Philosophy or Why You ARE God." Her lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, February 27, at 8:15 p.m.
Mercer describes Leibniz as "one of the greatest philosophers, mathematicians, and scientists ever. He does, however, make some strange claims which the lecture aims to take up." In her lecture Mercer will try to show "that you contain the world and that everything exists in a beautiful and perfectly arranged harmony. In the end, despite how undivine you may feel, you are perfection itself."
Mercer has a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University, as well as a master's from Rutgers University in art history and philosophy. Her areas of research include early modern philosophy, with special interests in Leibniz, Descartes, Aristotelianism, Platonism, philosophical theology, and post-Lutheran German philosophy.