Listed below are forthcoming events in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

See also all events in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Any college staff or postgraduates may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

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27 May 201515:00

"Things are Material Processes" - John Pemberton (London School of Economics)

I suppose an ontology, such as that of Aristotle, in which powers in suitable contact over some period give rise to changing over that period within the bearers of the powers, and hence a process of change, e.g. a star gravitationally attracting a planet (giving rise to its movement through an elliptic orbit), a fire heating a kettle, a heart pumping blood. I show how this ontology of change fits well with contemporary science, and how it licenses an account of things (e.g. organisms, atoms, molecules, larger chemical structures, bundles, mechanisms, artefacts, stars) as being material processes: functional parts performing functional roles at each stage so as to bring about the next stage of the process. This process view stands in opposition to the received view that things can be adequately characterised by a list of properties, e.g. things are co-instantiated universals, bundles of properties, collocated tropes, bare particulars with properties, collections of powers, etc. The list-of-properties view offers a static and discretised reconstruction (often reifying point-in-time entities) which misrepresents the complex inter-twining of dynamic processes apparent in the world, I argue. I show how recognising that things are processes provides a solution to van Inwagen’s ‘Special Composition Question’, and helps to address some major challenges within the philosophy of science. Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
3 June 201515:00

Dr Mattia Gallotti, University of London "Shared Intentionality and Social Understanding"

Abstract: Human life flourishes in a world of common habits and perspectives. In an influential paper, Jane Heal (2013) argued that considerations about the relevance of acts of shared intentionality, or ‘co-cognition’, suggest that the notion of mental content recommended by (social) anti-individualism enjoys pride of place in accounts of psychological knowledge. This claim draws upon a body of literature in social ontology and social cognition, which has improved understanding of the mechanisms and processes whereby people achieve knowledge of things by sharing mental resources. According to Heal, in discussions of the nature and mechanism of folk-psychological attributions, in particular, talk of shared mental states slips into natural descriptions of the externality of thought. I shall challenge this view by providing a different interpretation of the scope and philosophical significance of acts of shared intentionality for psychological knowledge. There are two meanings to claims about shared intentionality: although both are consistent with the anti-individualistic notion of content, neither recommends anti-individualism as the privileged view of the content of thoughts about others’ thoughts. Full details
Amory B316Add this to your calendar
10 June 201515:00

"Data sharing in low resource settings: a capabilities approach." - Dr Louise Bezuidenhout

Egenis seminar Full details
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13 - 14 June 2015

The Seventh British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference: Wittgenstein and the Social Sciences

Speakers: Jeff Coulter (Boston) John Dupré (Exeter) Raimond Gaita (Melbourne / King's College London) John Gunnell (UC, Davis) William Kitchen (Belfast) Sabina Lovibond (Oxford) Albert Ogien (CNRS Paris) John Searle (UC Berkeley) Wes Sharrock (Manchester) James Thompson (Halle-Wittenberg). Full details
Southgate Hotel Exeter (Mecure)Add this to your calendar
17 June 201515:00

“Neurodiversity & the politics of autism diagnosis” Dr Ginny Russell

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Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar