Conference to explore experimental edges of philosophy

Posted July 18, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.

CAMDEN — The Maine Humanities Council awarded a grant to the Camden Philosophical Society to help fund the fifth annual Philosophy at the Edge Conference on “Experimental Philosophy: Out of the Armchair and into the Lab,” to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Hall.

The conference, designed to appeal to the general public as well as trained philosophers, will feature some of the leading lights of this exciting new movement, which applies scientific studies, methods and findings to philosophical questions. But thanks in large part to the Humanities Council funding, as well as co-sponsorship by the Camden Public Library, the society is requesting a donation of $20, $10 students — and even that is not compulsory.

The roster of speakers at the conference starts with one of the founders of the experimental philosophy movement, professor Joshua Knobe of Yale, with a talk, “In Search of the True Self.” Dartmouth social neuroscientist professor Thalia Wheatley will follow with a talk on “Why the Feeling of Will Is Not Proof of Having It,” and Colby College professor Daniel Cohen will round out the program by arguing that “There’s Method in the Madness of Philosophy — But Experimentation Isn’t It.” There will be time for questions and discussion after each talk.

A panel in which all three speakers will address the questions “Experimental Philosophy: Where is it Going? Do We Want to Be There?” will complete the day and will feature time for questions and discussion from the floor.

Parking is available in the Wood St. lot next to the church located at 33 Chestnut St.

Pre-registration is requested by email to Info@philosophy.com. For more information, visit http://www.PhilosophyEdge.com.

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