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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2009 Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. Al Martinich, Professor of Philosophy

Fri, August 28, 2009 • 7:00 PM • This VC will be held at Professor Martinich's home. Address information will be distributed to those registered in the VC.

NOTE: date correction: AUG 28

The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester, led by Dr. Al Martinich, Professor of Philosophy

About the book:

China is the future. But where did it come from and what has it accomplished? The Man Who Loved China answers these questions through the biography of the great Joseph Needham, biologist, Christian, nudist, adulterer, Sinologist, adventurer, and accordion player, whose work, Science and Civilization in China, 24 volumes, is one of the most amazing scholarly feats in the history of mankind. Winchester’s book is engaging both as biography and cultural history.

About the professor:

Al Martinich, Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy and Professor of History, Government, and Religious Studies, is the author of many books and articles, including The Philosophy of Language 5th edition (Oxford University Press) and Philosophical Writing 3rd edition (Blackwell). His book, Hobbes: A Biography (Cambridge University Press, 1999), won the Robert Hamilton Book Award. He received the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award in 2008.

Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and Plan II Honors Program


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