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Philosophy Part of Humanities

The Self and Others Online Study Day Event

Lifelong Learning
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20 March 2021
This is an Online Event via Microsoft Teams

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Event details

The idea that there are profound asymmetries between Self and Other is a recurring theme in philosophy. In the theory of knowledge, for example, it has been common to think that there is an important difference between self-knowledge and knowledge of other minds. In ethics, to take another example, many have thought that there is a difference in kind between our duties to others and reasons of self-interest, with only the former counting as genuinely ‘moral’. And in the philosophy of mind and throughout the history of philosophy, many have worried about how to reconcile the subjectivity of our minds with the objectivity of the public world in which we live our lives. In this study day, we will explore classic and contemporary philosophical problems raised by the distinction Self and Other.

The event will feature talks by Professor Denis McManus, Dr Will McNeill, Professor Jonathan Way, and Professor Fiona Woollard.


10:00 -11:00 – ‘Being Oneself, Being-with-Others, and Being-Oneself-with-Others’ by Professor Denis McManus.

11:15-12:15 – ‘Is the Difference between Self and Others of Deep Rational Significance’ by Jonathan Way.

Lunch: 12:15-13:30.

13:30 - 14:30 – ‘I Can See that You’re Angry’ by Will McNeill.

14:45-15:45 – ‘Why Is Having a Baby Like Running a Marathon?  Reproduction, Achievement, and the Embodied Self’ by Professor Fiona Woollard.

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