Friday, April 10, 2009

"Understanding Human Nature: Biological Explanations and Beyond," Department of Philosophy, University of Antwerp, May 11, 2009.

Joint organisation by the Centre for Ethics and the Centre for Philosophical Psychology; sponsored by the Research Foundation - Flanders. The explanation of human behaviour and cognition has become more and more inspired by biological models and evolutionary theory. Are the human sciences becoming the handmaiden of biology (or vice versa)? To answer this question one has to understand better what it means to understand and explain specific aspects of human behaviour and cognition, such as perception, emotions, moral conduct and cultural practices. This symposium wants to stimulate critical reflection on these issues and help to understand what it means to understand and explain human beings. Schedule: 9.15 Welcome 9.30 Filip Buekens, “Evolutionary Psychology and the Calm Sunshine of the Mind” 10.30 Coffee 11.00 Peter Goldie, “Bald Naturalism and the Personal Perspective” 12.00 Fred Keijzer, “Making a difference: Can representations influence biological behavior?” 13.00 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 Jesse Prinz, “Where does Morality come from?” 15.30 Coffee 16.00 Andreas De Block, “Darwin meets Douglas: Culturally evolving disgust” Further information may be found here:*WIJSBEG&n=74156&ct=69169.

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