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Faculty Cafe ~ Professor Jeff Maynes, Philosophy

2/3/17 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Sykes Common Room

Experimental Philosophy (Not an Oxymoron!)
Jeff Maynes, Philosophy
February 3rd  ~ 4:30pm - 6:00pm ~ Sykes Common Room

Experimental philosophers do exactly what the name suggests - they run experiments on philosophical questions.  While philosophers have long relied upon empirical evidence in their work, it is traditionally assumed that experimentation is the province of the sciences, not philosophy.  What is a philosophical experiment?  Why do them?  What relevance do they have to traditional philosophical questions about knowledge, moral responsibility, and consciousness?  What can debates over experimental philosophy tell us about philosophical methodology, and what lessons do they have for theorizing across disciplines?  These issues get to the heart of what philosophy is, how it works, and how it relates to other disciplines.

These Friday events provide an opportunity to celebrate faculty members’ ongoing research and scholarly accomplishments. They provide time to relax at the end of the work week, catch up with old friends, and meet new people from across campus as you enjoy wine, beer, other drinks, and snacks. The Cafés and Book Publication Celebrations are a place for faculty to share their scholarly projects, in language accessible to the broad campus community, in the hopes that it will inspire lively discussion, helpful feedback and criticism, and possibly interest in future collaborations across disciplines. All faculty and staff are welcome at these events, and we encourage you to make them a regular part of your schedule. The Faculty Development Committee and the Academic Dean’s Office plan the Cafés and Book Celebrations, and the Center for Teaching and Learning and Corporate and Foundations Relations provide financial support.