Defending the Nature-Culture Divide

Defending the Nature-Culture Divide
2 March 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Does new scientific research on development, epigenetics and gene-culture co-evolution show that nature and culture cannot be separated? And what does this assumption mean for our understanding of body and mind?

Drawing on her work in the Philosophy of Life Sciences, Professor Maria Kronfeldner argues in defence of the nature-culture divide. Despite their entanglement at the developmental, epigenetic and evolutionary level, nature and culture are understood as two channels of inheritance, i.e., two bundle terms for two kinds of developmental resources. In this talk, she will explore four aspects that allow us to distinguish between nature and culture.


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Professor Maria Kronfeldner, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Central European University


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