The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Workshop in Science, Philosophy, and Religion
Mind, Brain, and the Human Soul
Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
12th-floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center | Lincoln Center Campus | 113. W. 60th St. | New York City
William Jaworski, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
Lecture 1: Our Place in the Universe
What exactly are we, and what is our place in the broader universe? Philosophers, scientists, and theologians have offered a range of different answers. Some contend that we are human beings, members of the species Homo sapiens. Others claim that we are not humans, but rather human brains. Yet others insist that we are spirits or souls that inhabit human bodies, and some even contend that we do not exist at all, that persons are a fiction. This lecture discusses these positions and examines the arguments that have been advanced for and against each.
Lecture and discussion are free and open to the public.
Reception to follow. Please preregister below.
The Walton lectures and workshops aim to provide interested professionals in the New York area the opportunity to interact with scholars of the highest caliber concerning topics at the intersection of science, philosophy, and theology. Upcoming events consider current research on topics such as consciousness, free will, and their relation to states of the brain; rule-based ethics versus virtue-based ethics, and the role of science in contemporary society.
Additional lectures in this series:
Lecture 2: Consciousness and the Physical Sciences
Wednesday, October 30
Lecture 3: Spirit in a Physical World
Friday, November 22
William Jaworski, Ph.D., is associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and numerous papers dealing with topics in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and related areas.
For more information, contact Noah Minnick at 212-636-6553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.