Nov 18, 2016 • Cognitive Science Talk: Joshua Knobe POSTPONED TO 12:40pm


Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00 to 13:30


Joshua Knobe, Yale University Professor of Philosophy will be the Cognitive Sciences speaker on Friday, Nov 18.  His talk is entitled "The Essence Of Psychological Essentialism."  (Abstract below.)

Friday, Nov 18, 2016, 12:40-2pm, Speech 205.


People  appear  to  understand  the  social  world  in  terms  of  essences.  This  notion plays a key role in the way that people ordinarily think about social categories (gender categories, religious categories, etc.) and also in the way that people think about individuals (the person you truly are deep down inside). But how exactly do people ascribe these essences? I present a series of new studies suggesting that people's judgments of essence can be affected in surprising ways with  value  judgments.  These  results  provide  support  for  the  hypothesis  that  people's  ordinary notion of essence is not a purely value-free scientific notion but a notion that is infused through and through with values.



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