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Philosophy Prof Talks on Mind and Body Feb. 24

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 7:09 am / February 17, 2017

Brie GertlerBrie Gertler, Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, will give a lecture titled “Does Your Mind Extend Beyond Your Body?” from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Education Building Room 110. The event is free and open to the public.

Most of us rely on our smartphones for a variety of tasks, and carry them with us for most of our waking hours. Some philosophers and futurists argue that, given the way we now use such devices, they are no longer merely convenient tools; they are literally parts of our minds. Gertler evaluates this argument and claims that our minds may actually be less extended in this way than we might normally assume.

Extended mind graphic

Gertler will give a second presentation aimed at philosophy students and faculty on Saturday, Feb. 25, titled “Dualism vs. Physicalism: A fresh look at the debate.” That presentation is from 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in ILC Room 202.