2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics

Tuesday 10 March 2015, 5.30-6.45pm (booking required)

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics will be delivered by Professor Shaun Nichols of University of Arizona.  

Title: Death and the self

Abstract: Many revolutionary positions in philosophy skepticism, materialism, hard determinism have disturbing implications.  By contrast, the revolutionary idea that there is no persisting self is supposed to have generally beneficial consequences.  Insofar as the self does not persist, one should be more generous to others, less punitive, and have less fear of death.  This talk will report recent experiments indicating that changing beliefs about the persistence of self does affect generosity and punitiveness. For attitudes about the self and death, we examined responses from Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists and Westerners; the results are complex and surprising.

Shaun NicholsShaun Nichols is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of ordinary thinking about philosophical issues.He is the author of Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment (OUP, 2004) and co-author (with Stephen Stich) of Mindreading (OUP, 2003). He is editor of The Architecture of the Imagination (OUP, 2006) and co-editor of Experimental Philosophy (with Joshua Knobe; OUP, 2008; 2014). He has also published over 100 articles at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. 

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD

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This lecture is jointly hosted by the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and the Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme.