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2005.11.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNL Professor to Present ‘Where in the World is Superman' at UNO Colloquia

Omaha - The title of a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Philosophy colloquia lecture may have some appeal to fans of comic books.  Sarah Sawyer, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will present "Where in the World is Superman?" on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 205. 

Sawyer received her doctorate in 1998 from King's College in London.  Her areas of specialization are philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and epistemology.

Her presentation will address the issue of "empty names," such as "Superman" and "Sherlock Holmes," which raise various puzzles in the philosophy of language and in metaphysics.  Two examples: the puzzle of what makes a sentence such as "Superman can fly" true, even though Superman doesn't exist; and the puzzle of how "Superman can fly" and "Clark Kent is a newspaper reporter" can be about the same individual even though there is no individual they are about.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at  (402) 554-2628 or philosophy@unomaha.edu.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

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