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Thursday March 13th: “Two Senses of Self” with Shaun Nichols

Philosophers have uncovered apparently conflicting patterns of intuitions about personal identity. In some cases, it seems that personal identity depends on the continuity of psychological properties; in other cases, it seems that personal identity is preserved despite a radical discontinuity in psychological properties.This talk will report a series of new studies that manipulated how people think about the stability of their traits (a la Bartels & Urminsky). [Read More…]

Reminder: Mid-Career and Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (due Friday 2/28/14)

The Interdisciplinary Committee on Science Studies is conducting fellowship searches for 2014–2015:

• Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: includes $10,000 for the academic year; for doctoral candidates at the Graduate Center • Mid-career Faculty Fellowships: includes 2 course releases for the academic year; for faculty at CUNY campuses.

You can find complete information for both fellowships, [Read More…]

Justin Smith: What Was Race? Early Modern Science and the Birth of a Tenacious Folk Category

We can precisely date the leap of the term ‘race’ from animal husbandry (pigeons, dogs, and horses, mostly) to talk of human social reality: it happened in the 1680s. What, though, were the conceptual problems this terminological innovation was meant to help solve? Did it in fact help to solve them? What are the reasons why this new way of talking about human diversity stuck, and remains with us several centuries later? In this talk, I would like to go some distance toward answering these difficult questions by reconstructing the context in early modern science and philosophy in which the concept of race first emerged, with particular attention to the work of François Bernier, G. W. Leibniz, and Carol Linnaeus. [Read More…]

Minding the Body: Dualism and its Discontents

“Minding the Body” is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the English Student Association at The CUNY Graduate Center. The conference presents work by 65 presenters that explore the “mind-body problem” via a range of disciplines, including literary studies, philosophy, medicine, psychology, sociology, film and media studies, the visual arts, performance studies, and cognitive science, among others. Questions about theories of mind and consciousness, the role of emotions and affect, and understandings of embodiment will be explored. [Read More…]

Conference Schedule for Mattering: Feminism, Science & Materialism

Full conference schedule for the upcoming Mattering Conference. [Read More…]