The Spring 2015 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Timothy Schroeder, Ohio State University. The title of Professor Schroeder's talk is "A Role For Neuroscience In Moral Psychology." (Abstract below.)
Friday, Feb 6, 2015, 3-5pm, Social Sciences 224 (1145 E South Campus Drive 85721).
Low-level neuroanatomy and neurophysiology jointly provide us with facts about the flow of cause and effect in the brain leading up to action. This "causal map" of action production has not yet received much attention from philosophers, but it should. In this talk, I argue for this conclusion by showing that neither empirical nor armchair considerations allow philosophers to ignore it. Even philosophers taking Davidsonian or (neo-) Wittgensteinian approaches to the mind--approaches that have boasted of their immunity to the specifics of neuroscientific research--have reasons to test many of their moral psychological claims against the causal map.