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Colloquia: Kim Frost (Syracuse University)

April 3, 2019 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: “Mistakes and Malfunctions”

Abstract: Humans make mistakes. We paint ourselves into corners, jump to conclusions, stumble, fumble and generally bumble. For the philosopher of mind it’s natural to think that such mistakes must be malfunctions of some kind. I will argue that on the most interesting senses of “malfunction” that’s false. I will also argue that if we want to explain what mistakes are, metaphysically speaking, then we should employ a metaphysics of mind that admits powers as basic explanatory principles, rather than, say, a metaphysics of mind based solely on mental states, behaviors, and laws connecting these things. What’s more, those powers will need to be different in structure from the powers of inanimate nature, both in their temporality, and in the number and kinds of exercise they admit.



April 3, 2019
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm