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Philosophy does not offer simple solutions - instead, it often raises difficult questions about simple solutions on offer. The problems that philosophers ponder may be paradoxical or profound and the positions they defend may be controversial and subtle. But paradox, profundity and controversy can all be viewed as wholesome constituents of what Socrates called "the examined life" - perhaps the only life worth living.

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Philosophy does not offer simple solutions - instead, it often raises difficult questions about simple solutions on offer. The problems that philosophers ponder may be paradoxical or profound and the positions they defend may be controversial and subtle. But paradox, profundity and controversy can all be viewed as wholesome constituents of what Socrates called "the examined life" - perhaps the only life worth living.

    Philosophical Psychology 1

    Philosophical Psychology 1

    This is the first part of an interview between Professor Dann Hutto and Ronnie Barbour of BBC Three Counties Radio, given in July 2010. It considers the area of Philosophical Psychology and how we as a society label our theories.

    • 11 min
    Philosophical Psychology 2

    Philosophical Psychology 2

    This is the second part of an interview between Professor Dann Hutto and Ronnie Barbour of BBC Three Counties Radio, given in July 2010. It considers the area of Philosophical Psychology and how we as a society label our theories.

    • 5 min
    Radical Enactivism Part 1

    Radical Enactivism Part 1

    Radically Embodied/Enactive accounts of Cognition, REC, propose to fundamentally shift the way cognitive scientists think about the basic nature of mentality. This paper argues that focusing on the sophisticated but unplanned character of human manual activity enables such accounts to address a standard worry about their scope and reach. A counter proposal for handling such cases by defenders of Conservative Embodied/Enactive account of Cognition, CEC, is examined and found wanting. CEC accounts make appeal to Action Oriented Representations (AORs) to do the work that fans of REC argue is done without representational mediation. It is argued that naturalistically inclined defenders of CEC face a crippling dilemma – which I call the hard problem of content.

    • 29 min
    Radical Enactivism Part 2

    Radical Enactivism Part 2

    Radically Embodied/Enactive accounts of Cognition, REC, propose to fundamentally shift the way cognitive scientists think about the basic nature of mentality. This paper argues that focusing on the sophisticated but unplanned character of human manual activity enables such accounts to address a standard worry about their scope and reach. A counter proposal for handling such cases by defenders of Conservative Embodied/Enactive account of Cognition, CEC, is examined and found wanting. CEC accounts make appeal to Action Oriented Representations (AORs) to do the work that fans of REC argue is done without representational mediation. It is argued that naturalistically inclined defenders of CEC face a crippling dilemma – which I call the hard problem of content.

    • 34 min
    Narrative Practice Hypothesis 1

    Narrative Practice Hypothesis 1

    This lecture was given in November 2009 at the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands. What is narrative practice hypothesis? Dan Hutto goes through folk psychology, theory of mind and scientific theory.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Narrative Practice Hypothesis 2

    Narrative Practice Hypothesis 2

    This podcast followed the lecture (Narrative Practice Hypothesis 1) given by Professor Hutto at the University of Nijmegen in November 2009.

    • 2 min

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