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Minding Animals

02 November 2016, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

Minding Animals

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Room 828, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Philosophical and scientific inquiry into the nature of mind has generally proceeded as if we humans were the only minded species.

We have sought to uncover the nature of our own minds and left only as an afterthought the question of what other kinds of mind there might be. Accounts of a range of concepts-including understanding, meaning and learning-have been structured accordingly. This talk argues in support of the "animal turn" in philosophy. Wittgensteinian thought offers a better fit with the empirical discoveries regarding non-human understanding and learning than the default positions of our philosophical tradition.

Presented by: Dr Ian Ground, Hertfordshire, Newcastle, the British Wittgenstein Society
This event is free and open to all.
Contact: Alison Brady - alison.brady.14@ucl.ac.uk