Lectures in Philosophy Series Welcomes Dr. Lawrence Shapiro to Present Two Lectures This Spring

Lectures made possible by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Program

February 23, 2024 |

The Philosophy program is please to welcome Dr. Lawrence Shapiro for two great lectures, made possible by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Program. 

Both events are free and open to the public.

Embodied Cognition: What It Is, How It Differs from Traditional Cognitive Science, and Its Prospects

March 20, 2024| 7:00 p.m. | CSU 253/4/5
Embodied cognition has received tremendous press of late, but what, exactly are the commitments and methods that distinguish embodied cognition from other varieties of cognitive science? Dr. Shapiro will offer his own views on embodied cognition, closing with some comments about its prospects.

The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

March 21, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. | CSU 253/4/5
Most people believe that miracles are not only possible, but have actually occurred. Dr. Shapiro considers a fairly standard conception of miracles and explain why belief in such things is unjustified. Along the way he distinguishes justified belief from true belief, explains the nature of the inference that has the best hope of justifying belief in miracles depends, and discusses, in a more contemporary context, David Hume’s argument against justified belief in miracles. Q&A will follow. 

a person smiling at the cameraAbout the presenter

Dr. Lawrence Shapiro
Berent Enç Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
His work focuses on philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology. For more on Dr. Shapiro's work, visit https://philosophy.wisc.edu/staff/shapiro-lawrence/.

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