William James Lecture Series: Ned Block – four talks

From Sean Kelly:

Dear All,

I am pleased to announce the resurrection of the William James Lectures, which will be given this year in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard for the first time since the 1980s. Our distinguished William James Lecturer during the spring semester is Visiting Professor Ned Block (NYU). Professor Block’s public lectures for the series will cover topics related to “Attention, Perception, and Consciousness.” In addition, Prof. Block is co-teaching Phil 157x, “Modularity: Proseminar,” with Susanna Siegel.

The William James Lectures comprise four public talks, and four smaller discussions. Each talk will be held in Emerson Hall, room 305 from 4-6 and followed by a reception in the Bechtel Room beginning at 6. At 7 pm, Professor Block will lead a discussion with graduate students. The discussion will last for about an hour. Refreshments will be available.

The lectures are as follows:

Thursday, February 23
Lecture 1: How empirical facts about attention transform traditional philosophical debates about the nature of perception.

Thursday, March 1
Lecture 2: Rich perception, sparse cognition

Thursday, March 8
Lecture 3: Consciousness, access and accessibility

Tuesday, March 20
Lecture 4: Is conscious perception more fine grained than attention and perceptual belief?

Please join me in welcoming Ned to the department, and in attending what I’m sure will be a thought-provoking and exciting set of talks.


Sean Kelly

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