Week 4 Events

We received really positive feedback about the noise level at our trial-run of the Discussion Group held at Teviot’s New Amphion last week! So to save everyone’s ears, the Discussion Group has been moved to Teviot until further notice.

Reading and Film Group
Monday, 10th October6.45 pm, David Hume Tower, LG.06 (Map)
Film: Her (2013) – Dir. Spike Jonze.  (IMDb)
(Next week’s reading: Biosemantics, R. G. Millikan).

Discussion Group
Tuesday, 11th October; 7 pm, The New Amphion, Teviot (Map)   [NOTE: NOT IN USHER’S!]
Topic: Democracy

Academic Support Office Hours – General
Thursday, 13th October; 2 pm until 4 pm, Dugald Stewart Building (DSB), Room 5.01.

Guest Lecture
Thursday, 13th October, 6.15 pm, David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre B.
Speaker: Dr Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick
Title:  “Vices of the Mind

Abstract: ‘In this talk I’ll be relating recent political developments to what philosophers say about epistemic vices. Epistemic vices have been defined as character traits (e.g. closed-mindedness) that get in the way of knowledge. In this talk I’ll focus on vices that are epistemic attitudes or postures rather than character traits. I’ll concentrate on one attitude in particular. I call it ‘epistemic insouciance’ and will explain what this epistemic vice is by reference to the Brexit debate and the rise of so-called ‘post-truth politics’.