Engleman Hall - Room B121
One of a series of Philosophy Department "Job Talks" --
Dr. Charles Royal Carlson, Sam Houston State University
Title: "The Return of Experience: Reinterpreting Dewey for Contemporary Evolutionary Biology."
Abstract: The American Philosopher John Dewey provides a philosophy of nature that emphasizes contexted-function, ecological balance, and a focus on the instrumental factor of experience. This presentation will contend that Dewey's work is not only consistent with recent epigenetic findings, but that his interpretation offers unique insights into explanations of evolutionary change.
My plan is to spend a couple of minutes introducing the book project that I am nearing completion on, tentatively entitled "Evolutionary Pragmatism: A Movable Method." Then to spend the rest of the time presenting this Dewey piece as a good example of the overall approach the book takes in incorporating the pragmatic disposition into contemporary scientific debates.
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