Thursday 31st January 2019, 6pm, Maudsley Philosophy Group seminar.
Boardroom (1st Floor), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, 16 de Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF.
Speaker: Professor Raymond Tallis, philosopher and poet, novelist and cultural critic, physician and clinical neuroscientist.
Abstract: Human beings are neither disembodied spirits nor ghosts in biological machines. We are, as many philosophers, notably Merleau-Ponty, have argued ‘embodied subjects’: the subject and the body are like therecto and verso of a sheet of paper. Nevertheless, the relationship between the ‘I am’ of the person and the ‘It is’ of the body is very complex. I will discuss different aspects of this relationship. In addition, I will examine how our experience of embodiment may be the basis of our sense of the reality of extra-corporeal material objects as existing independently of our experiences.
About the speaker:Raymond Tallis was professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in the healthcare of the elderly in Salford. His national roles have included: consultant advisor in the healthcare of the elderly to the Chief Medical Officer; a key part in developing the National Service Framework for Older People; membership of the NICE appraisal committee; chairman of the Royal College of Physicians committee on ethics in medicine; chairman of the review committee for ethics support for front-line clinicians.
Professor Tallis retired from full-time medicine in 2008 to focus on his writing: he has published over thirty non-medical books including fiction and poetry in addition to works on philosophy of the mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. As a philosopher Professor Tallis’s writings describe an anthropology that acknowledges what is distinctive and remarkable about human beings. To this end he has written a trilogy of books entitled ‘The Hand’, ‘I am: a Philosophical Enquiry into First-Person Being’ and ‘The Knowing Animal’.
This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend please email Felix Warnock via felix.warnock[at]kcl.ac.uk as this will ensure stress-free access to the first floor Boardroom.