Philosophers Brand Blanshard of Yale and Robert Solomon of the University of Texas spoke at a conference on “Reason and Passions,” sponsored by the philosophy department, the Matthew Vassar Lecture Fund, and the Student Entertainment Committee.  A noted rationalist philosopher, Blanshard published Reason and Analysis in 1962, The Uses of a Liberal Education in 1973 and Reason and Belief in 1974.

The Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Business at Texas, Professor Solomon published The Passions in 1976 and History and Human Nature: A Philosophical Review of European Philosophy and Culture, 1750-1850 in 1979.  Vassar Professor David Kelley said the conference originated with the “belief that Philosophy should not lose touch with the broad fundamental issues which have always defined it.”