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Psychological and Brain Sciences Brown Bag Seminar: Carrie Figdor, Philosophy

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:30am
Seashore Hall

Non-Anthropocentric Psychology: What, Why, How

Carrie Figdore, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa

Abstract: In this talk I will introduce a fundamental shift going on in our understanding of psychological constructs -- the concepts (such as "decision-making", "liking", or "anticipating") that we use to talk about psychological capacities (such as decision-making, liking, or anticipating). The shift is away from anthropocentric ways of characterizing these traits and towards ways that take human versions of psychological capacities as special cases. I also explain the empirical motivations and methods behind the shift.