Philosophy, Natural Science, and the Brain: A Lecture by Catherine Malabou

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Date: 15 March 2016
Venue: Hamilton House
Time: 18:00 - 20:00


Philosophy, Natural Science, and the Brain: A Lecture by Catherine Malabou

While recent European philosophy has had a troubled relationship to the natural sciences, the work of French philosopher Catherine Malabou breaks with this tendency through a controversial embrace of science, and in particular, the contemporary neurosciences. In her most recent work, Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality (Forthcoming, July 2016), Malabou utilizes the concept of epigenetics to offer a biological origin for the cognitive processes of human subjectivity. In doing so Malabou traces the origins of philosophical thought back to an embryonic state. Malabou's work opens up new pathways in thinking the relationship between philosophy and the natural sciences, and in particular, in thinking about both mental health and trauma. During this lecture, Malabou will share ideas from her most recent work, and open up the space for further discussion on how fields such as biology and neuroscience can inform contemporary philosophical debates.

About the speaker

Catherine Malabou is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London. She is the author of numerous books, including The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality, and Dialectic (2005), What Should We Do with Our Brain? (2008), The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage (2012), and with Adrian Johnston, Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience (2013). Her most recent work will be published in 2016 and bears the title, Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality. Her work bridges the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, neuroscience, and the natural sciences more generally. Along with her work on the history of European philosophy, Malabou's work explores issues such as neural plasticity and brain trauma, and the way in which contemporary brain science can both challenge and inform contemporary philosophical and political debates.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Jack Spicer
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