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By Dean of Academic Affairs Samuel Ruhmkorff

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA –- On October 29, Dean of Academic Affairs Samuel Ruhmkorff will present a First Year Seminar Lecture on Plato.  The lecture will take place in McConnell Theater at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

Samuel Ruhmkorff, Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty in Philosophy, holds AB from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all in philosophy. Dr. Ruhmkorff's research examines the nature and strength of scientific evidence, and the foundations of probabilistic belief and inference.

Prior to coming to Simon’s Rock, Samuel Ruhmkorff was visiting assistant professor at University of Missouri, where he taught courses on contemporary philosophy, advanced epistemology, and ethics.  His professional presentations have included “Accuracy and Vague Opinion,” for the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, and “Underdetermination and antirealism,” for the Central States Philosophical Association.  His publications include “Reliabilism and Inference to the Best Explanation,” in Mistakes of Reason, University of Toronto Press, and “Avoiding Certain Frustration, Reflection, and the Cable Guy Paradox,” in Philosophical Studies.  Dr. Ruhmkorff became Simon’s Rock’s Dean of Academic Affairs in 2005. 

The Seminar Lecture Series

The Seminar Lecture Series at Simon’s Rock supplements courses that first and second year students are required to take, “First Year Seminar: The Examined Life,” and the “Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus. 

“First Year Seminar: The Examined Life” is a two-semester course that focuses on themes of self-discovery, the relationship of the individual and society, and the nature of values and responsibility.  Readings for the course include Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, Plato’s The Last Days of Socrates, Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and a wide variety of supplementary works. 

“Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus” is a one-semester course that explores how 19th- and 20th-century thinkers confronted the accepted order of things, how they challenged accepted ideas, and how they constructed radically different conceptions of the world.  Readings include Darwin’s The Descent of Man, Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals, Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster’s A Passage to India, DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and Kafka’s The Trial.

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