[SydPhil] Macquarie Cog Science seminar Tues 11 Sept: Joel Krueger (Exeter), 'Empathy, Externalism, and Mental Disorders'

John Sutton john.sutton at mq.edu.au
Thu Aug 16 18:21:19 AEST 2018

All welcome.

Enquiries: John Sutton, john.sutton at mq.edu.au

Date: 11th of September 2018, 12:00PM until 1:00PM
Location: Cognitive Science 3.610, Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub (16 University Avenue), Macquarie University.

Empathy, Externalism, and Mental Disorders
Speaker : Dr Joel Krueger, University of Exeter (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/srAXC6X13Rt85GQLfprRF2?domain=socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk and https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/fMrIC71ZgLtoDW3GtWul_X?domain=joelkrueger.com)
Dr Krueger will be visiting the department from September 10 to 26.

Abstract (http://www.ccd.edu.au/events/seminars/abstract.php?abstract=719)
A family of recent externalist approaches in philosophy and cognitive science argues that our psychological capacities cannot be understood by looking at the brain alone. We must also attend to features of our embodiment, as well as the complex ways we interact with our social and material environments. This is because our psychological capacities are synchronically and diachronically “scaffolded” by environmental resources — objects, artifacts, tools, practices, institutions, and other people — that grant access to otherwise-inaccessible forms of thought and experience. In this talk, I apply an externalist framework to mental disorders. I argue that this approach is explanatorily useful in two ways. First, it illuminates how we can be said to empathize with others suffering from psychiatric disorders in that we can directly perceive aspects or features of their disorder partially “externalized” via the character of their embodiment, as well as their concrete engagements with the people, things, and institutions around them. Second, using autism as a case study, I argue that an externalist perspective indicates how we may at times play a regulatory role in shaping the character and development of their disorder — a recognition that engenders certain moral responsibilities and also indicates possibilities for novel treatment and intervention strategies.

Professor John Sutton

Department of Cognitive Science

Macquarie University

Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

john.sutton at mq.edu.au



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