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Presentation focuses on truth

December 06, 2005 12:00AM

The Greek orator and philosopher Demosthenes said that, "Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

More than 2,300 years later, the world still struggles with defining truth. At 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, philosopher and Kansas State University assistant professor Douglas Patterson, will offer his thoughts on the subject in a presentation at Pittsburg State University on "Issues in the Definition of Truth." Patterson's presentation, sponsored by the PSU Philosophical Society, will be in Room 307 of Russ Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Patterson earned a bachelor of arts degree at Reed College and a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been at Kansas State University since 2002. Patterson's research is centered on the philosophy of language. He has published numerous papers on truth and related subjects and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on language and truth theories.

For more information, please contact professor Don Viney in the PSU Department of Social Sciences at 620-235-4326, <>.

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