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History of Philosophy Research Group Talk (Antonia LoLordo, Virginia)

Friday April 12, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The History of Modern Philosophy Group is pleased to welcome as its guest speaker Antonia LoLordo, George C. and Clare F. Downing Memorial Professor of Philosophy and the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. Dr. LoLordo works on 17th- and 18th-century European philosophy, with a special interest in figures such as Gassendi, Locke, and Shepherd and topics such as causation, freedom, rationality, and canon formation. She co-founded and now co-edits the Journal of Modern Philosophy.

Talk Title

“The Power of Motion as a Sixth Sense”: Shepherd on Bodily Awareness and Knowledge of the External World

Talk Abstract

Mary Shepherd argues that the power of motion acts as a sixth organ of sense and that our awareness of the motion of our bodies plays an ineliminable role in achieving knowledge of the external world.  My goal in this paper is to explain how Shepherd conceives of what we now think of as proprioception and explain how it contributes to knowledge of the external world, against the background of predecessors like Berkeley, Condillac, and Reid.

One of six departmental Research Interest Groups, the History of Philosophy Group explores topics in ancient and/or medieval philosophy, the period from Descartes to Kant, and Jewish philosophy from the medieval period to the 20th century.



Friday April 12, 2024
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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