2021 Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference:The Development and Plausibility of Materialism by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Activity: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTConference AttendanceProfessional Development

Description

The talk will first look at the development of materialist (or physicalist) accounts about the mind from the mid 20th century onwards — not giving a detailed history, but isolating some choices, changes of direction, and the like that have shaped recent discussions. (What is the role of computers? What is the role of the brain sciences? What about evolution?) I’ll then outline the approach that I think is most defensible, and discuss why we might believe a view of this kind. This more positive section will be the larger part of the talk; the role of the history is to help get us there.
Period7 Jul 2021