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Naturalising Interpretation - Interpreting Naturalism: Towards a Neurosemiotic Model of Interpretation

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START DATE 10 November 2016
START TIME 03:00pm

Committee Room 2, Middlesex University Hendon campus, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 10 November 2016
END TIME 04:00pm

James Carney from Lancaster University discusses whether interpretation is a mode of inquiry or a cognitive capacity that should itself be a target of inquiry

Is interpretation a mode of inquiry, or is it a cognitive capacity that should itself be a target of inquiry?

Given the role played by interpretation in the humanities and social sciences, this question has a direct bearing on intellectual activity in both areas. In this talk, James hopes to counterpoise two seemingly incommensurable models of interpretation with a view to exploring its full dimensions.

The first of these is humanist model, which sees all knowledge as historically determined and culturally specific; the second is the positivist model, which views interpretive activities as the result of neurophysiological processes in the brain that are subject to scientific description.

His goal in doing this is not to produce a premature synthesis, but give expression to the difficulties that need to be negotiated by any account of interpretation that respects more than one branch of knowledge.

About James Carney

James is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, where he does experimental work on the sensorimotor basis of conceptual thinking.

Previous to that, he worked at the University of Oxford, University College Cork and the University of Limerick. Originally trained in literary studies, he now works at the intersection of the experimental sciences and the humanities. His main current interest is in the use of machine learning techniques to model the higher-order forms of cognition typically found in interpretive and hermeneutic activities.

This event is being hosted by the Language and Communications Research Cluster.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.

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