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14 June 2018, Spinoza Lectures, Susan Wolf

Speaker: Susan Wolf
Title: Selves Like Us
Date: Thursday 14 June 2018
Time: 20:15-22:00
Location: Aula, Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam

Abstract:
Since at least the seventeenth century, philosophers have distinguished membership in the species homo sapiens from moral personhood, a category which they take to be of considerable ethical and practical significance. But there are other non-biological features that are of ethical and practical significance as well, suggesting that there is an ethical, non-biological conception of humanity that is different from the standard philosophical understanding of moral personhood. After reflecting on the benefits and dangers of focusing attention on the idea of “the distinctively human,” the lecture explores the variety of features and capacities that distinguish “selves like us” from lower animals, artificially intelligent machines, and possibly imaginary divine and extra-terrestrial rational individuals.

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