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Linguistics and Philosophy

MITing of the Minds 2010
6th Annual MIT Philosophy Alumni Conference

Paolo Santorio
Mon Jan 25, 11am-06:00pm, 32-D461
Tue Jan 26, 10am-04:00pm, 32-D461

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

This year's MITing of the Minds is the Sixth Annual MIT Philosophy Alumni Conference. The conference will showcase recent work in a variety of areas in contemporary philosophy. Presentations will cover topics in metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, and ethics, and will be accessible to a broad audience. Each day will feature talks by MIT faculty members, current students, and alumni of the graduate program.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/philos/www/mm/
Contact: Paolo Santorio, 32-D940, 253-2639, santorio@mit.edu

What's Distinctive about Addiction?
Richard Holton
Tue Jan 19, 01-03:00pm, 32-155

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Accounts of addiction have tended to polarize between those that treat it as a disease, and those that see it as a choice. But the opposition isn't a good one. There is plenty of evidence that addictive substances bring physical changes that profoundly alter the way the brain works; and plenty of evidence that addicts are nonetheless making choices about their behaviour. We need to come up with an account of addictive agency; and to work our way towards an account of the moral responsibility of addicts. This talk reviews the empirical findings, and takes some steps along this path.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/philos/www/iap/holton2010.html
Contact: Richard Holton, 32-D808, 253-4141, holton@mit.edu

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