What is Cognitive Science

The Surprise Examination Puzzle

Dr. John Hawthorne

Thursday, December 08, 2016, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

University of Southern California, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, School of Philosophy

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I critically discuss Saul Kripke's treatment of the surprise examination puzzle, propose an improved treatment, and connect the puzzle with family of paradoxes discussed by Arthur Prior.

Dr. John Hawthorne


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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