UI faculty member Richard Fumerton presented the 33rd annual University of Iowa Presidential Lecture, "No Harm, No Foul: In Search of a Principled Defense of Freedom," on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Levitt Center for University Advancement, Fourth Floor Assembly Hall.
Richard Fumerton received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He is currently the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. His research has focused mainly on epistemology, but he has also published books and articles in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, value theory, and philosophy of law. He is the author of Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception (1985), Reason and Morality: A Defense of the Egocentric Perspective (1990), Metaepistemology and Skepticism (1996), Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2002), Epistemology (2006), Mill (co-authored with Wendy Donner) (2009), and Knowledge, Thought and the Case for Dualism (2013).
Professor Fumerton received the University of Iowa’s M. L. Huit Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UI Collegiate Teaching Award, and the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. He also was awarded a Canada Council Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Professor Fumerton has served as chair of the Department of Philosophy in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as president of the UI Faculty Senate.