The Cognitive Science of Religion

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on March 28th, 2014

                                                          

Event Date: 28 March 2013
Room B36
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:

Mind & Language Conference at Birkbeck College

The Cognitive Science of Religion

The journal Mind & Language, founded thirty years ago, has the mission of encouraging genuinely interdisciplinary work on mind and language in psychology, philosophy, linguistics and in the cognitive sciences generally. From the beginning, it has been based in the Philosophy Department of Birkbeck College.

In addition to what is published in the journal, have mounted a number of workshops and conferences. This conference – our eighteenth – deals with the challenging topic of The Cognitive Science of Religion. Calling on work in psychology, anthropology, linguistics and philosophy, our speakers explored various ways in which we might understand human cognitive propensities to what can be broadly thought of as ‘religion’, though not, it should be said, in a formally institutional sense.

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Introduction by Professor Samuel Guttenplan (Birkbeck):

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Professor Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) – Apparently Irrational Practices
Chair: Samuel Guttenplan (Birkbeck)

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Dr Helen De Cruz (Oxford) – Appealing Arguments: What the Cognitive Science of Religion Can Tell Us About Natural Theology
Chair: Gregory Currie (York)

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Professor Maurice Bloch (LSE) – How Did ‘Religion’ Come About?
Chair: Deirdre Wilson (UCL)

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Professor  Frank Keil (Yale) – Order, Order Everywhere and Not an Agent to Think: The Cognitive Compulsion to Make the Argument from Design
Chair: Margaret Harris (Oxford Brookes)

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John Macarthur- Kurt Schwitters and Walter Benjamin: The Modernity of the Baroque and Romanticism

in Academic Service - Archive by on March 27th, 2014

Event Date: 27 March 2014

Swedenborg Hall
20-21 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH

 

 

 

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University  presents:

Professor John Macarthur (University of Queensland) – Kurt Schwitters and Walter Benjamin: The Modernity of the Baroque and Romanticism

Professor John Macarthur directs the research centre ‘Architecture.Theory.Criticism.History’ (ATCH) at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research in the history and theory of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework and the history of picturesque aesthetics. His book, The Picturesque: Architecture, Disgust and Other Irregularities, was published by Routledge in 2007. He is currently researching projects on the Baroque in the 20th century, on architectural aesthetics, and on the architecture of Queensland. He is also an active critic of contemporary architecture. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

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Logic and Language 2014

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on March 21st, 2014

Event Date: 21 – 22 March 2014
Senate Room
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

CeLL – the Centre for Logic and Language, at the Institute of Philosophy presents:

Logic and Language 2014 Conference

The Logic and Language Conference is organised every other year by the Institute of Philosophy and the Northern Institute of Philosophy, in turn. The aim of the conference is to showcase cutting edge research in the Philosophy of Logic and Language, and to foster interaction between academics working in these areas both in the UK and abroad. In particular, its aim is to give an opportunity to junior philosophers to interact with more senior colleagues working in the same field.

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Friday 21 March 2014

Welcome by Corine Besson (Sussex/IP):

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Sarah Sawyer (Sussex) – Judgement, motivation and reason
Chair: Guy Longworth (Warwick)

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Rosanna Keefe (Sheffield) – Validity, Normativity and Degree of Belief
Chair: Nick Jones (Birmingham)

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2.00 – 3.30 Ephraim Glick (St Andrews) – What is a Singular Proposition?
Chair: Jonathan Payne (IP)

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4.00 – 5.30 Alex Silk (Birmingham) - Discourse Contextualism and Embedding
Chair: Dorothy Edgington (Birkbeck)

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5.30 – 7.00 Stephen Neale (CUNY/Birmingham) – The Metaphysics of Aphonics and Implicit Reference
Chair: Susanne Bobzien (All Souls College, Oxford)

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Saturday 22 March 2014

10.00 – 11.30 Crispin Wright (NIP/NYU) – Making sense of faultless disagreement: the uselessness of relativism, and how to do better
Chair: Corine Besson (Sussex/IP)

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11.30 – 1.00 James Studd (Oxford) – Abstraction reconceived
Chair: Julien Murzi (Kent)

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2.30 – 4.00 Anna Mahtani (LSE) – Deference and Designators
Chair: Daniel Rothschild (UCL)

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4.30 – 6.15 Ian Rumfitt (Birmingham) – Lecture in honour of Michael Dummett – On the Use of Classical Logic and Classical Semantics
in Set Theory
Chair: Barry Smith (IP)

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Nina Power – Philosophy and the collective

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Event Date: 13 March 2014

Swedenborg Hall
20-21 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH

 

 

 

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University  presents:

Dr Nina Power (Roehampton) – Philosophy and the Collective

Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. She studied for her PhD in the CRMEP (awarded 2006). Her publications include One Dimensional Woman (2009) and an edited collection of Badiou’s writings, On Beckett (2003, with Alberto Toscano). She has written widely on philosophies and politics of the subject, atomism, Marx and Marxism and Feuerbach. She is the reviews editor for The Philosophers’ Magazine.

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Jessica Moss – Plato’s Appearance/Assent Account of Belief

in Academic Service - Archive by on March 10th, 2014

Event Date: 10 March 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Professor Jessica Moss (New York) – Plato’s Appearance/Assent Account of Belief

Jessica Moss is Professor of Philosophy. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University (2004). Her primary area of research is ancient philosophy, especially ethics and psychology. Her article “Akrasia and Perceptual Illusion” was chosen for The Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2009. Her book Aristotle on the Apparent Good: Perception, Phantasia, Thought, and Desire was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Moss has previously held positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oxford, and currently at NYU.

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Daniel Whistler – Utopia, abstraction and the critique of religion

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 27th, 2014

Event Date: 27 February 2014
Room JG5002
John Galsworthy Building
Kingston University
Penrhyn Rd Campus
Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

 

 

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University  presents:

Dr Daniel Whistler (Liverpool) – Utopia, abstraction and the critique of religion

Daniel Whistler is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. His recent publications include Schelling’s Theory of Symbolic Language: Forming the System of Identity (2013), The Right to Wear Religious Symbols (2013, with Daniel J. Hill) and the co-edited volume Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy (2011). He is an Associate Editor of Literature and Theology.

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Ernesto Laclau – Masterclass – Conclusions

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 26th, 2014

Event Date: 26 February 2014

Room B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Professor Ernesto Laclau (Essex) - Conclusions

Ernesto Laclau is a political theorist and Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Essex, where he was director of the doctoral program in Ideology and Discourse Analysis for many years. Laclau is also Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston. Active in the new social movements of the 1960s, he developed, with Chantal Mouffe, a theory of radical democracy in their landmark book Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (1985). His many books include: Emancipation(s) (1996), Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek) (2000), and On Populist Reason (2005).

Introduction by Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck):

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Paul Faulkner – A Virtue Theory of Testimony

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 24th, 2014

Event Date: 24 February 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Paul Faulkner (Sheffield) - A Virtue Theory of Testimony

Paul Faulkner is a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. His research interest is principally in testimony and trust. He is the author of Knowledge on Trust (OUP 2011).

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Anthony Kenny – On Translating Aristotle’s Ethics

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 11th, 2014

Event Date: 11 February 2014

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Department of Classics at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Dabis Lecture

Professor Sir Anthony Kenny (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford) – On Translating Aristotle’s Ethics

Aristotle’s Greek word kalon can mean beautiful and also morally noble. Does that mean that for Aristotle ethics and aesthetics are the same thing? When we in English have many different words to translate one word of his, does that mean that we are sensitive to differences he ignored, or that we are insensitive to similarities that were important for him?

Sir Anthony John Patrick Kenny FBA is an English philosopher whose interests lie in the philosophy of mind, ancient and scholastic philosophy, the philosophy of Wittgenstein and the philosophy of religion. With Peter Geach, he has made a significant contribution to Analytical Thomism, a movement whose aim is to present the thought of St Thomas Aquinas in the style of modern philosophy by clearing away the trappings and obscurities of traditional Thomism. He is one of the executors of Wittgenstein’s literary estate. He is a former President of the British Academy and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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Conor McHugh – Fitting Belief

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 10th, 2014

Event Date: 10 February 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Conor McHugh (Southampton) – Fitting Belief

Conor McHugh is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He has published articles on a range of topics in epistemology and philosophy of mind, including self-knowledge, epistemic warrant, mental agency, doxastic control and freedom, epistemic responsibility, the aim of belief, and assertion. He is currently working on epistemic normativity and the nature of belief, on the normativity of attitudes more generally, and on related issues in value theory. He is an investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Normativity: Epistemic and Practical’ at the University of Southampton.

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