The Modern Mind
Adrian J. T. Alsmith (King's College London), Tim Lewens (Cambridge University), Lauren Slater

June 7, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • British Society for the History of Philosophy


London School of Economics

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We trace the development of our modern ideas about the mind, from the highly influential work of Descartes and the impact of Darwinian evolution to more recent accounts of the ‘extended’ mind and the enhancements made possible by new technologies. Why is Descartes so important? What changed with Darwin? And in what ways have technological advances changed how we think about the mind? Join us as we explore the story of one of the central concerns of philosophy.



  • Adrian Alsmith, Lecturer in Philosophy, KCL
  • Tim Lewens, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Lauren Slater, Associate Tutor of Philosophy, Birkbeck


  • Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy, LSE and IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin


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