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Do fish have feelings?

Professor Michael Tye from the University of Texas at Austin will present the annual Mark Sainsbury Lecture.


If we had a definition in wholly objective terms of what a feeling is, then we’d be able to go out into the world, find out which creatures meet the objective conditions in our definition and then announce our list of the types of creatures that have feelings. But there is no such definition. So, how are we to decide? What are we to look for?

Suppose, for example, I become an expert on fish. Lacking an objective definition of any feeling, notwithstanding my knowledge of the workings of fish brains and fish sense organs, how am I to decide if fish have feelings? How am I to decide if fish feel pain or anxiety or depression? Consistent with my knowledge of the objective facts, I may take the view that fish are zombies. You may hold the opposing view.

In this talk, I propose a principle for crossing the objective-subjective divide and I argue that the weight of experimental evidence supports the view that fish have at least some of the feelings we do.

Each year, since 2009, the Department of Philosophy has welcomed a prestigious guest speaker to deliver a lecture in honour of Mark Sainsbury, former Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy.


Speaker(s):

Professor Michael Tye | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

20 May 2014 at 6:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

 

Venue:

S-2.18 Lucas Lecture Theatre
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London
WC2R 2LS

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/Strand.aspx
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Organised by:

King's College London: School of Arts & Humanities
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Tickets:

Free

Available from:

Reserve a free space - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/eventrecords/2014/sainsbury.aspx

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