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Seminars and lectures winter term 2021/22

Carl Craver, Explaining the Brain (Seminar)

What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? Carl F. Craver constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: descriptions of multilevel mechanisms. In developing this approach, he draws on a wide range of examples in the history of neuroscience (e.g. Hodgkin and Huxleys model of the action potential and L.T.P. as a putative explanation for different kinds of memory), as well as recent philosophical work on the nature of scientific explanation. Readers in neuroscience, psychology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science will find much to provoke and stimulate them in this book.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sellmaier
Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00; 19.10.2021 - 08.02.2022
Place: Biocenter (Großhaderner Str. 2), GSN Course Room D 00.003
registration per lsf

How is content possible in a natural world? (Advanced seminar)

Mental states are contentful. When we think about the Eiffel Tower, we think about a specific object that exists in Paris. Mental states are “about” something, they possess “aboutness”, or “intentionality”. Where, when and how did (and do) such contentful states of mind come on the scene? How is content possible in a natural world? In this seminar, we will discuss several possible answers to these questions.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sellmaier, Sebastian Drosselmeier
Time: Thursdays, 14:00 - 16:00; 21.10.2021 - 10.02.2022
Place: Edmund-Rumpler-Strasse 9 - A 005
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GSN-Philosophy of mind and action 4 (Seminar)

Watch out: 3 ECTS; for GSN PhD students only

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sellmaier
Time: Thursdays, 16:00 - 18:00, 21.10.2021 - 10.02.2022
Place: Schellingstr. 10, Room 308


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