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Feb. 17-18: Nadine Andreas Lectures

Prominent international philosopher Ned Block to deliver two lectures on campus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-10-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Prominent international philosopher Ned Block, a professor at New York University who has lectured around the world, will deliver the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Philosophy’s Nadine Andreas Lectures on Feb. 17-18.

Block (pictured at right) will address the question “Does Consciousness overflow Cognition?” in a lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17. He will discuss “Seeing as in the Light of Vision Science” in a lecture at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Both lectures will be held in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

In his Monday evening talk, Block will argue that conscious capacities outstrip our abilities to cognize those capacities. His Tuesday morning talk will be a specific variation on the Monday evening talk. On Tuesday morning, Block will address the claim that seeing requires concepts. He thinks that it does not.

Both talks are intended to richly appeal to research in cognitive science and neuroscience.
Block is Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. He works in philosophy of mind and foundations of neuroscience and cognitive science and is currently writing a book on attention, according to the biography published on his website here.

He has lectured around the world and has given numerous prestigious lectures including, among others, the John Lock Lectures at Oxford, The Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures, Immanuel Kant Lectures at Stanford, Jean Nicod Lectures at the University of Paris, William James Lectures at Harvard, Petrus Hispanus Lectures at the University of Lisbon and Kim Young-Jung Memorial Lectures at Seoul National University.

Block’s work is noted for his appeal to relevant sciences to address traditional issues about the nature of the mind. His work makes original contributions to our understanding of functionalist, or computer models of mind. According to this model, the mind is a set of functions, a program, encoded in the brain. He is author of numerous award winning papers and has written several books.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Biology and Psychology and the Cognitive Science Program at Minnesota State Mankato. Those who want more information may contact faculty member Richard Liebendorfer, professor in the Department of Philosophy, by phone at 507-389-2317 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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