Visiting speaker seminar

Speaker: Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham)

Title: Locative Escape

Abstract: I explore whether focusing on the locative preposition ‘in’ has any anti-sceptical traction when it comes to considering whether one might be a brain ‘in’ a vat. I distinguish two uses of ‘in’ that an envatted subject ought to be able to grasp - when used to pick out object/space ‘in’ locatedness relations (such as might be used in formulating the descriptive phenomenological claim that we experience objects as located ‘in’ space) and ‘object/object’ locatedness relations (such as might be used in formulating the hypothesis that one might be a brain ‘in’ a vat).  I close by tentatively spelling out the significance of shifting from more straightforward referential relations to the locative preposition: making sense of conditions on the successful use of ‘in’ requires forms of explanation that are best construed as non-causal.

Further information

The Visiting Speaker Seminar features talks on all areas of philosophy. For information, or to join the email list for these events, please contact Patrick Todd. All are welcome, including all students (MA, MSc, PhD) and faculty in philosophy.


Dr Patrick Todd

Feb 17 2017 -

Visiting speaker seminar

17 Feb 2017: Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham)

Room 3.11, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD