The Birmingham Branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy organises two events a year which address philosophical issues that are of interest to the general public or attempt to bridge existing gaps between academic disciplines.
For more information contact Jussi Suikkanen the current RIP event organiser.
Public Lecture on Perception
Thursday 27 March, ERI Building, Room 149
5pm-7pm: John O'Dea (University of Tokyo, Komaba): Why, and in what sense, things look different in the shade: solving the puzzle of constancy
This event is free and open to all.
Abstract: I want to dispute an assumption about perceptual experience that is almost universally held but is undefended because it is unnoticed. This assumption is wreaking havoc in certain debates in the philosophy of mind. It is this: that insofar as perceptual qualities represent properties, they do so in a one-to-one manner; one experiential quality represents one, and only one, property. Call it the simplicity assumption. For example, this assumption would have it that there is an experiential quality as of redness, and this represents simply the quality of being red. Hopefully, as just stated this assumption will sound somewhat platitudinous. In what follows, I will make a case that it is actually pernicious, because there are simply no good reasons to believe it, and it hides from view solutions to some quite contentious debates. I begin by spelling out the assumption in more detail, and why it has little going for it. Then I discuss a problem for which we have the most to gain by ditching it — the problem of perceptual constancy.
Human Enhancement: Three Perspectives
Friday 31 of May, ERI Building, Room 149
13.00-14.20 “Enhancement, Human Identity, and Authenticity”
Alexandre Erler (Oxford)
14.20-14.40 Tea and Coffee Break
14.40-16.00 “Smarter, Stronger, Faster, Better – A Brave New World”
Georgia Testa (Leeds)
16.00-16.20 Tea and Coffee Break
16.20-17.40 “Is 'human enhancement' a useful moral category?”
Simon Rippon (Central European University)