“Animal Consciousness” Event to Explore Scientific, Philosophical Questions Surrounding Non-Human Animals—Nov. 17-18


NYU will host “Animal Consciousness,” a two-day conference that will explore a range of scientific and philosophical questions surrounding non-human animals, on Fri., Nov. 17 and Sat., Nov. 18.

“Animal Consciousness” Event to Explore Scientific, Philosophical Questions Surrounding Non-Human Animals—Nov. 17-18

New York University will host “Animal Consciousness,” a two-day conference that will explore a range of scientific and philosophical questions surrounding non-human animals, on Fri., Nov. 17 and Sat., Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at NYU’s Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street [between Greene Street and University Place]).

There has been a recent flourishing of scientific and philosophical work on consciousness in non-human animals. This conference will bring together philosophers and scientists to ask questions such as: Are invertebrates conscious? Do fish feel pain? Are non-human mammals self-conscious? How did consciousness evolve? How does research on animal consciousness affect the ethical treatment of animals? What is the impact of animal consciousness upon theories of consciousness and vice versa? What are the best methods for assessing consciousness in non-human animals?

For more information about the conference, including a list of speakers, please click here.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required here. For more information, please call 212.992.7950

Reporters wishing to attend must contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

The event, hosted by the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness, in conjunction with the NYU Center for Bioethics and NYU Animal Studies, is organized by Ned Block and David Chalmers, professors in NYU’s Department of Philosophy, Dale Jamieson, a professor of philosophy, law, and environmental studies, and S. Matthew Liao, a professor of bioethics and director of NYU’s Center for Bioethics.

Subways: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street)

 

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