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Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Debate
16 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
James Ladyman and Raymond Tallis address the motion, ‘Human Nature is Better Understood Through Science Than Through Philosophical And Artistic Reflection’.
Evolutionary biology, psychology and brain science have all made astonishing progress over recent decades. Sociology, economics and cognitive science have become increasingly sophisticated and detailed. Do these developments mean that we are coming closer to a scientific understanding of human behaviour, making the traditional humanities explanatorily redundant? James Ladyman and Raymond Tallis will debate the question as to whether literature, the arts and philosophy itself can still claim to have a unique and irreplaceable place in our self-understanding, or whether these ancient forms of knowledge should give way gracefully in the face of the advance of science in the human realm.