Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

Friday, June 10, 2011

Neuroscience and Pragmatism: Productive Prospects

9:00-9:45AM Breakfast
10:00AM - 5:00PM Lectures
(Lunch will be served and wine and cheese reception to follow)

Since active and practicing scientists are less concerned with the history and philosophy of their field (and especially the history of the philosophy of their special discipline), it comes as no surprise that many cognitive neuroscientists are unaware of the contributions of pragmatism. This conference brings together pragmatist philosophers interested in neuroscience and neuroscientists interested in pragmatism. Developments in cognitive neuroscience offer fresh perspectives on philosophical and ethical problems concerning embodiment, agency, intelligence, knowledge, socialization, and ethics. Perhaps a neurophilosophical coalition of mutual interests around the label of “neuropragmatism” can be forged from these kinds of conversations.

Speaker Information

Lt. Col. William Casebeer, PhD, USAF
Cognitive science

Prof. Anthony Chemero, PhD, Franklin and Marshall College

Prof. David Franks, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, University of Oxford
Neuroscience and neuroethics

Prof. Teed Rockwell, PhD, Sonoma State University
Cognitive science

Prof. Jay Schulkin, PhD, Georgetown University, Department of Neuroscience, Center for Brain Basis of Cognition

Prof. John Shook, PhD, George Mason University
Neuroethics and pragmatism

Tibor Solymosi, PhDc, Southern Illinois University


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