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Philosophy Professor William Irvine to deliver 2020 Sibley Lecture in memory of Professor Bill Dibrell

Professor William Irvine
Professor William Irvine

This year’s Sibley Lecture, which features Professor of Philosophy William Irvine of Wright State University, Dayton, OH, will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bill Dibrell, who taught philosophy at Alfred University from 1983 to 2020.


This year’s Sibley Lecture, which features Professor of Philosophy William Irvine of Wright State University, Dayton, OH, will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bill Dibrell, who taught philosophy at Alfred University from 1983 to 2020. He died in February of this year.

Wright’s lecture, “The Stoic Challenge: Ancient Advice on Dealing with Life’s Setbacks,” will discuss the modern relevance of Stoic philosophy. It is scheduled for 7:30pm Tuesday, Oct. 20 and will be an on-line event. Individuals wishing to receive the lecture via the Zoom app should contact Marilyn Saxton for a link at saxtonmj@alfred.edu.

Irvine is the author of several books, including The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient; A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy; On Desire: Why We Want What We Want, and You: A Natural History. He received his Ph.D in 1980 from the University of California at Los Angeles and teaches courses in inductive logic, symbolic logic, the philosophy of science and political philosophy.
Alfred University’s Sibley Lecture is an annual lecture on topics in philosophy or religious studies. It is hosted by the Division of Human Studies and honors the late Myron "Mike" Sibley, who taught Religious Studies at Alfred University for 26 years.