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Origins of Mind

The Department of Philosophy presents two lectures by Tyler Burge, professor of philosophy at UCLA, and the author of articles in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and more.

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Samson Talbot Hall, room 212

Tyler Burge, professor of philosophy at UCLA, will present two lectures, one for the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series, the second as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar on Monday, April 28. The first, titled “Reason and Propositional Attitudes,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. in room 212 of the Samson Talbot Hall.

The author of articles in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and history of philosophy, Burge's most recent book is "Origins of Objectivity." He has published two volumes of essays: "Truth, Thought, Reason" and "Foundations of Mind." He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a former president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. He has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Dewey Lectures at Columbia, and the Nicod Lectures in Paris.

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Burton D. Morgan Center Lecture Hall

The second, titled "Perception: Origins of Mind," will take place at 8 p.m in the lecture hall of the Burton D. Morgan Center.

In his second lecture, "Perception: Origins of Mind," Burge sketches two notions of representation. One applies to states of plants and bacteria as well as to psychological states. The other applies exclusively to distinctively psychological states. He holds that the latter type of representation marks one of the two primary marks of the mental. (The other mark is consciousness.) Burge argues that representation in a distinctively psychological sense emerges first in perception. He sketches some primary features of perception, with special reference to findings of the science of perceptual psychology. Burge maintains that empirical work indicates that perception, hence representational mind, first emerges in relatively simple animals–arthropods.

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Friday, March 28, 2014