Fenwick Fellow Cherubin Asks Ancients the Answers to Contemporary Questions

Posted: February 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Can truth be found, and will we recognize it when we find it? Can we gain knowledge of things that change? These are two of the contemporary questions University Libraries’ Fenwick Fellow Rose Cherubin sought to answer in her research of Aristotle and other Greek philosophers. Today, University Libraries present the Fenwick Fellows Spring Lecture, “Change and Knowledge: Aristotle, the Eleatics, and the Possibility of a Science of Nature” at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center Library Instruction Room.

An assistant professor of philosophy, Cherubin received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, especially as it provides ideas and ways of thinking that are valuable for addressing contemporary questions. She has published papers on Parmenides, Zeno, Plato, and Aristotle. Her work has appeared in the proceedings of both the Ancient Philosophy Society and the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy.

“There is considerable debate today, in a variety of disciplines, over how–if at all–truth can be found, and how to seek it,” says Cherubin. “A case in point is the question of whether science reveals truths to us, or are its findings so distorted by its historically determined fundamental assumptions that all science can tell us is the implications of a limited and unjustified world view. I have found that certain ancient Greek philosophers in some ways anticipated these questions and gave us tools for addressing them.”

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