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Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Carrie Figdor

Friday, February 10, 2017
Tanner Library, CTIHB Room 459
2:30 – 4:30PM

Psychological Predicates in Non-Psychological Sciences: A defense of their literal interpretation

Abstract: Advances in biology are revolutionizing our understanding of psychology. The emerging perspective is rooted in the successful application of the same quantitative models of cognition and behavior across human and non-human domains. These models extend psychological predicates to far more kinds of living beings — from neurons and bacteria to plants and fruit flies — than are usually considered candidates for psychological capacities. I argue that these uses are literal ascriptions of psychological properties to the nonhumans. The literal view takes seriously the challenge that modeling practices present to the traditional anthropocentrism of psychology.

Last Updated: 2/6/17