Philosophy of Science

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    Tudor M Baetu (Bristol): “Pain in Psychology, Biology and Medicine. Implications for Eliminativist and Physicalist Accounts” (BSPS Lecture)

Tudor M Baetu (Bristol): “Pain in Psychology, Biology and Medicine. Implications for Eliminativist and Physicalist Accounts” (BSPS Lecture)

12 March 2018|

 

Tudor M Baetu (Bristol): “Pain in Psychology, Biology and Medicine. Implications for Eliminativist and Physicalist Accounts” (BSPS Lecture)

An analysis of arguments for pain eliminativism reveals two significant points of divergence between assumptions underlying scientific research on pain and assumptions typically endorsed by physicalist accounts. The first concerns the status of the term ‘pain’, which is an […]

The Evolution of Altruism (the Forum)

24 February 2018|

 

The Evolution of Altruism (the Forum)

If evolution is a ‘struggle for existence’, why do we witness so much altruism in nature? From bacteria to baboons, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of organisms cooperating with one another. In the early 1960s, W. D. Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves, […]

Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge): “Defining Mental Health”

20 February 2018|

 

Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge): “Defining Mental Health”

Today mental health is a universally valued outcome. It is prioritised by governments, hospitals, schools, employers, charities. And yet mental health appears to be prized more as a label than as a concept, because remarkably for a state so uncontroversially prized, it has no accepted definition. In this talk based on joint […]

What Is It Really Like to Be a Bat? (the Forum)

14 February 2018|

 

What Is It Really Like to Be a Bat? (the Forum)

Are bats conscious, and how can we tell? What is it like to use sound to navigate? In a classic paper called “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?”, Thomas Nagel used the bat’s capacity for echolocation to introduce philosophical problems concerning conscious experience. But […]

2015 and 2016 Lakatos Award Lectures

9 November 2017|

 

2015 and 2016 Lakatos Award Lectures with Thomas Pradeu and Brian Epstein

Thomas Pradeau is a Senior Investigator in Philosophy of Science at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), he was awarded the 2015 Lakatos Award for his book The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity. The book was praised by the Award Selectors as “a […]

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    Prof Daniel M. Hausman (Madison): “Is Social Science Possible?”

Prof Daniel M. Hausman (Madison): “Is Social Science Possible?”

4 October 2017|

 
Prof Daniel M. Hausman (Madison): “Is Social Science Possible?”

Using economics as an example, this lecture addresses a perennial philosophical question that also occupied Auguste Comte: Can inquiries into social phenomena be sciences?

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    David Papineau (King’s College London): “Thinking about Animal Consciousness”

David Papineau (King’s College London): “Thinking about Animal Consciousness”

7 June 2017|

 

David Papineau (King’s College London): “Thinking about Animal Consciousness”

This talk was recorded at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science’s interdisciplinary workshop on the origins of consciousness, which brought together philosophers, neuroscientists, experimental biologists and evolutionary biologists.

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    Chris Frith (University College London): “What’s the Use of Consciousness?”

Chris Frith (University College London): “What’s the Use of Consciousness?”

7 June 2017|

 

Chris Frith (University College London): “What’s the Use of Consciousness?”

This talk was recorded at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science’s interdisciplinary workshop on the origins of consciousness, which brought together philosophers, neuroscientists, experimental biologists and evolutionary biologists.

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    Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University): “Learning & Minimal Consciousness: An Evolutionary Connection?”

Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University): “Learning & Minimal Consciousness: An Evolutionary Connection?”

7 June 2017|

 

Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University): “Learning & Minimal Consciousness: An Evolutionary Connection?”

This talk was recorded at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science’s interdisciplinary workshop on the origins of consciousness, which brought together philosophers, neuroscientists, experimental biologists and evolutionary biologists.

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    Robert Elwood (Queen’s University Belfast): “Do Invertebrate Responses to Noxious Stimuli Offer Insights into Pain and Sentience?”

Robert Elwood (Queen’s University Belfast): “Do Invertebrate Responses to Noxious Stimuli Offer Insights into Pain and Sentience?”

7 June 2017|

 

Robert Elwood (Queen’s University Belfast): “Do Invertebrate Responses to Noxious Stimuli Offer Insights into Pain and Sentience?”

This talk was recorded at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science’s interdisciplinary workshop on the origins of consciousness, which brought together philosophers, neuroscientists, experimental biologists and evolutionary biologists.