Marlboro College

News Marlboro Presents Philosophy Talk by Scholar Jake Davis

MARLBORO, VT – (September 17, 2012) – Marlboro alumnus Jake Davis, class of 2003, will present a talk entitled “Attention and the Qualities of the Heart,” on Monday, October 1. A visiting scholar at Brown University, Davis will make a case for a timely thesis that lies at the heart of Buddhist ethics. His talk will take place at Ragle Hall, Marlboro College, at 6:30pm, and is open to the public.  

In his talk, Davis asks, “How ought one to live? How could we know?” Drawing from recent empirical research on attention, consciousness and emotion, he posits that there are certain qualities of heart that ought to be cultivated by all human beings; there are others that ought to be abandoned; and we can discern the difference for ourselves.

Davis is currently a doctoral student in philosophy and cognitive science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a visiting scholar with the psychiatry department at Brown University. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Hawai’i and a B.A. in religion and language from Marlboro College.

Date: October 1, 2012

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Ragle Hall, Marlboro College 

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.




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