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Are there objective values?

Nov. 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- A philosopher will explore the true nature of human values in a Thursday, Nov. 8, presentation at Western Michigan University sponsored by the University's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Dr. Joseph Ellin, WMU professor of philosophy, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center on WMU's campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The topic of Ellin's talk, "Are There Objective Values? Human Hope And Randian Objectivism As Answers To Relativism," examines objective values as presented in the literature of Ayn Rand, author of "The Fountainhead'' and "Atlas Shrugged."

Ellin is the author of "Morality and the Meaning of Life: An Introduction to Ethical Theory" and co-author of "Profits and Professions." His areas of specialization are ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, 18th-century moral philosophy, philosophy of religion and bio-medical ethics.

For more information, contact the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (616) 387-4397.

Media contact: Scott K. Crary, 616 387-8400

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