We are a University of London group aimed at fostering intercollegiate research in the Philosophy of Mind. We host both talks and read-ahead discussions where postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty can share their work.
In the Autumn of 2022 our meetings will take place in Senate House and will be open to any current graduate/postgraduate students, postdoctoral students, and faculty members from London and beyond.
Ali Boyle (LSE)
October 10, 2022 - 4-5:30pm, Senate House Room 243
Title: Artificial Episodic Memory
Abstract: Recent work in artificial intelligence, drawing inspiration from the human cognitive sciences, has produced artificial agents with capacities resembling episodic memory. In this talk, I aim to draw philosophical attention to artificial episodic memory, and consider how (if at all) they might be used to advance our understanding of biological episodic memory. In particular, I consider the significance of artificial episodic memory for debates about episodic memory's role in cognition and its phylogenetic distribution.
Jonathan Mitchell (Cardiff)
November 7, 2022 - 4-5:30pm, Senate House Room 243
Matt Duncan (Rhode Island)
November 21, 2022 - 4-5:30pm, Senate House Room 243
Title: For They Shall See Good: The Moral Virtues of Acquaintance
Abstract: Are the smartest, most knowledgeable among us also the best among us? Or are all the moral saints you know especially knowledgeable? Maybe not. At first blush, it may not seem like there is any especially strong connection between one’s moral and epistemic standing—between how good one is and how knowledgeable one is. And yet, more than a few influential philosophers say otherwise. They say there is some very tight, very important connection between one’s moral and epistemic standing. In this paper, I sympathetically examine various versions of this claim. I start by clarifying the terrain and narrowing my focus to a certain kind of epistemic trait--namely, first-personal awareness of, or acquaintance with, goodness--and its relation to certain moral traits. Then I assess several arguments that purport to establish a connection between these traits. My goal is not to conclusively show that there is a non-accidental, non-coincidental connection between a person’s moral and epistemic character but rather to draw out and discuss some of the appeal of this very old idea from a contemporary perspective.
Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi
December 5, 2022 - 4-5:30pm, Senate House Room 243
David Sosa (Texas)
December 12, 2022 - 4-5:30p, Senate House Room 234 (room change)
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Rory Madden (UCL)
June 27, 2022 - 4-5:30pm, Senate House Room G11 & Online
'What is it to be a thinker? A telco-functionalist proposal with applications to "split-brains" and other metaphysical puzzles'
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