25 October 2007, 18.30

Distinguished Lecture Series: Tim Bayne (Oxford)

“Conscious states and conscious creatures: Explanatory strategies in the study of consciousness”

Explanation does not exist in a metaphysical vacuum. Conceptions of the structure of a phenomenon play an important role in guiding attempts to explain it, and erroneous conceptions of a phenomenon may direct investigation in misleading directions. I believe that there is a case to be made for thinking that much work on the neural underpinnings of consciousness — what is often called the neural correlates of consciousness — is driven by an erroneous conception of the structure of consciousness. In this talk I examine some connections between the explanation of consciousness and the structure of consciousness, and to argue for a conception of the structure of consciousness that is more adequate than that which currently drives much research into the neural correlates of consciousness.

Dr Tim Bayne is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Distinguished Lecture Series Poster

All welcome!

 

Venue

Hörsaal der Poliklinik (Ebene 3)
Alte Nervenklinik
Charité Campus Mitte
(Internal address on Campus: Bonhoefferweg 3)
10117 Berlin