Philosopher Discusses Consciousness at Philosophy Today Lecture

Dr. Wayne Wu, an associate professor of philosophy and the associate director of The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss how science and philosophy can illuminate consciousness in the upcoming Philosophy Today lecture.

His lecture, “Mysteries of Consciousness: Connecting Mind and Brain,” will be held February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in room 205 of Smith Hall on the UA campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wu argues that science has made significant progress in understanding perceptual consciousness and that philosophy has a critical role to play in understanding how consciousness comes to be. Wu’s topic of discussion for this lecture is based on his work for an upcoming Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry about the neuroscience of consciousness.

The focus of Wu’s work is on the philosophy of mind, particularly perception, agency, and explanation of mental disorders.

Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline.

Philosophy Today is sponsored by the UA College of Arts and Sciences’ department of philosophy, a grant from Louis W. Perry and other alumni, and friends of the department.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.