There are interesting philosophical debates about the role of imagination and intuition in evaluative judgement, ethical and aesthetic sensitivity or appreciation, learning, prediction, mind reading and understanding others in a broader sense. There are deep questions surrounding the epistemological status of imagination and intuition, as well as their relationship to perception, sensation, mental imagery, emotion and reason — to mention just a few. And then there are areas in aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics and philosophy of mind in which imagination and intuition are not the subjects, but nevertheless play a clear role. Our hope is that this diversity of questions, ideas and approaches should provoke some interesting discussions.
21 November – Dr. Karen Simecek (Philosophy, University of Warwick) Thinking Philosophically: Cognitive Benefits of Engaging with Art and Literature
16 February – Dr. Helen de Cruz (Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University) Filling the Gaps in Evolutionary Ethics
27 February – Dr. Mike Stuart (Philosophy, London School of Economics) How Scientists Use Imagination to Learn about the World
20 March – Prof. Peter Lamarque (University of York) Truth in Poetry: a Matter of Detail