Module on neuroscience and philosophy
Organizer: Peter Clarke, DNF, Lausanne
0.5 - 1 ECTS, To be confirmed
- Peter Clarke, retired Associate Professor, now external Scientific Collaborator at the DNF (Département de Neurosciences Fondamentales, UNIL.
- Olaf Blanke, Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute, EPFL
- Michael Esfeld, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the UNIL
- Christian Sachse, MER in Philosophy of Science at the UNIL
Two half-day sessions in May 2013, from 14:15-18:00.
Dates to be confirmed soon.
Session 1: Neuroscience, physicalism and reductionism
- 1a Introduction: from La Mettrie to modern physicalism (PC, 15 min)
- 1b Neuroscience and reductionism (PC 30 min, then 45 min by Michael Esfeld and Christian Sachse).
Session 2: The self
- 2a Introduction on neuroscience and the self/soul: Cartesianism, monism, brain-mind identity and the "hard problem of consciousness"(PC 45 min)
- 2b Experimental approaches to self-consciousness (Olaf Blanke 45 min)
Session 3: Determinism-1
- 3a The question of brain determinism: heredity, environment and noise (PC 45 min)
- 3b The Libet experiments (PC 45 min)
Session 4: Determinism-2
- 4a Determinism and free will: compatibilism and incompatibilism (Christian Sachse)
- 4b Attempts to found libertarian free will on quantum indeterminism (PC and Michael Esfeld)
The evaluation method will depend on the number of participants:
- Less than ten people: active participation in each session will guarantee the validation of credits.
- More than ten people: the organizer will propose an additional evaluation.
Attendance to both sessions is a requisite to validate the credits.