17.634 Hacking on the Cartesian vision, KCL, 19 February

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty ) (willard@mccarty.me.uk)
Date: Wed Feb 11 2004 - 11:34:39 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 634.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 16:32:03 +0000
         From: Damien Doherty <damien.doherty@kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Hacking on the Cartesian vision, KCL, 19 Feb.

You are invited to a public lecture in the series:


Ian Hacking, (Chaire de philosophie et histoire des concepts scientifiques,
Collège de France, and University Professor, Philosophy, Toronto).
"The Cartesian Vision Fulfilled: Analog Bodies and Digital Minds"

Current intellectual wisdom, abetted by philosophers of all stripes,
teaches that the Cartesian philosophy is both wrong and dead. This wisdom
will be overtaken by events. Present and future technologies - ranging from
organ transplants to information coding, will increasingly make us revert
to Descartes's picture of two absolutely distinct types of domains, the
mental and the physical, which nevertheless constantly interact. We as
humans are constituted in both domains, and also must inhabit them. This is
less a matter of facts - for what a person is, is never simply a matter of
fact - than of how we will come to conceive of ourselves in the light of
the facts that will press in upon us.

17.30 Thursday 19th February 2004
Arthur & Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre (Room 2B18)
Strand Building, Strand Campus
King’s College London

All are invited to a reception following the lecture

Further information regarding this lecture series can be found at -

Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
T: +44 (0)20 7848 1237
F: +44 (0)20 7848 2980

Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20
7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

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