Monthly Archives: January 2015

The British Society of Aesthetics Cambridge Lecture Series

Venue: Seminar Room, 1 Newnham Terrace, Darwin College. (Enter by main door).
Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Wednesday 18th February: Eileen John, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick: ‘Aesthetic Reasons and Living with Ourselves’

Wednesday 4th March: Renee Conroy, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University at Calumet: ‘Rust Belt Ruins’

Wednesday 15th April: Dawn Wilson, Department of Philosophy, University of Hull: ‘Does Photography Capture a Moment in Time?’

For further information, contact Derek Matravers (

Seminar: Dr Anita Avramides, 4 February 2015

Mind Meaning and Rationality group seminar

4th February 2015, 2 pm
Dr Anita Avramides (St Hilda’s College, Oxford)
‘Other Minds: Understanding the Perceptual Model’


In this talk I want to consider the perceptual model in connection with our knowledge of another mind. This is a model that has been proposed and championed by Fred Dretske, Quassim Cassam, and others. What I want to do in this talk is the following:  Firstly, I want to consider whether the perceptual model that Dretske proposes works in the same way for seeing that, for example, the cup is chipped and seeing that Otto is angry. I want to suggest that there is an important different between these two cases that must not be forgotten. Indeed, I shall suggest that, if we do overlook this difference, we are in danger of losing an important difference between the way we understand objects in the world and the way we understand other persons. Finally, I shall suggest that, in the light of this important difference, it may be less misleading to refer to our model for our knowledge of others along the lines of an understanding model as opposed to a perceptual model, and I explain what constitutes the difference here.