Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Why Philosophy Matters Seminar Series

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Hedley Lecture Theature, Ashmolean


Understanding others | Why humanities matter

10.00am-10.30am Welcome (Dan O’ Brien) and tea and coffee
10.30am-11.45am Museums by, for, and about Humans – Art hstorian Christiana Payne chairs a curatorial discussion on the role that museum collections play in helping us to understand past or foreign cultures. Do artefacts help us understand other cultures or vice versa?
11.45am–12pm Coffee break
12pm–1.15pm The Divine Mind and Understanding Others – Dan O&aphos; Brien (Oxford Brookes University) explores the limits of divine understanding of mere mortals (Chair Kate Thomas)
1.15pm–2pm Sandwich lunch
2pm–3.30pm Human Communication and Technology – A conversation between Richard Harper (Microsoft Research Cambridge) & Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes University), chaired by Giuseppina D’Oro.
3.30pm–5pm Tea and guided tour of Ashmolean exhibits
5pm-6pm Understanding Other Humans – An imaginary dialogue (written by Giuseppina D’Oro) between someone who believes that all human actions may be causally explained by the natural sciences and an advocate of the necessary role of the humanities in understanding other people.
6pm Drinks reception
A museum guide to &aphos;Understanding Other Cultures&aphos; will lead the reader through a set of exhibits that illuminate the questions above and what it is to understand other human beings.