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Sep
22

Mind, Brain and Identity (3): Self-consciousness and the body

Thanks to everyone who packed into the Cafe Bar at the Gate last night for J.J. Hodge’s provocative presentation on the shortcomings of materialism. There follows the third of three posts intended to complement the theme of materialism and the mind. In the last two posts, we looked at Cartesian dualism, and then the “narrative [...]

Sep
20

Mind, Brain and Identity (2): Narratives and Selves

This is the second of three posts on the relationship between mind and brain, which is being tackled again in this month’s Cafe. The first of these posts is here.

Sep
20

Next Cafe: Materialism, Mind and the Brain

Image via Wikipedia Tomorrow night (21 September), at The Gate from 7.30pm, with discussion led by Jean Jacques Hodge. Are we, increasingly, “common-sense materialists” when it comes to the mind? Do we tend to agree with statements such as “the mind is the brain”, and to accept, for example, that neuroscience can tell us more [...]

Sep
10

Mind, Brain and Identity (1): Cartesian Theatres

This month, on 21st September, Cardiff Philosophy Cafe will be running a session led by J. J. Hodge entitled Materialism, the Mind and the Brain. Ahead of this Cafe, there will be three posts on the subject of mind and identity, of which this is the first, looking at the theory of mind held by [...]

Sep
03

Film Evening (30 September 2010): Beyond the Tipping Point

How does the way we imagine the future change how we think and act today? Beyond The Tipping Point (dir. Stefan Skrimshire, UK 2010, 30 mins) invites us to consider this question by exploring attitudes to climate change. The imagery of “tipping points“, drawn originally from scientific research, has increasingly influenced the way politicians, activists, [...]

Sep
03

The Difficulties of Forgiveness (2)

The consequentialist view of forgiveness which I outlined in the previous post on forgiveness, in which I drew on Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s writings, represents the end of forgiveness as lying outside itself, as a process of personal and social healing which is necessary to turn a harmed individual’s eyes away from the past and train them [...]

Sep
02

Caring about the future revisited

Further to the earlier post about ethics and future generations, this post from last year over at Worldchanging.com tries to establish that future generations have rights which might be legally defensible in the present. Think of this example: If someone set a bomb to go off in a public square 100 years from now, is [...]

Sep
01

The Difficulties of Forgiveness (1)

What is forgiveness? And are there times when it is impossible? Moreover, are there times when it is not only impossible, but wrong to forgive? Jo Berry, whose father Sir Anthony Berry was killed in the IRA’s bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton back in 1984, is perhaps best known for her interviews, speeches, [...]

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