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Social and Behavioral Sciences Interest Group

Meeting time: Selected Wednesday afternoons, 3:00 - 4:30 (by announcement, usually first Wednesday of the month)
Meeting place: Philosophy Department Library Lounge, 837 Heller Hall.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Interest Group (SoBIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy of the social sciences, and in moral and prudential psychology in philosophy or the social sciences.  We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants examine literature relevant to their research projects, to provide feedback on works in progress being written by SoBIG participants, to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to the social sciences.

Our meetings are informal and some participants need to arrive late or leave early because of scheduling conflicts. All faculty from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities and graduate students are welcome to attend whenever they would like (without invitation) and without giving advanced notice. Undergraduates are included by invitation. (If you know of an undergraduate who is well-suited and possibly interested, please contact Valerie Tiberius so an invitation can be extended.)

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Fall 2018

September 5: Chandra Sripada: “At the Center of Agency, the Deep Self”. We will also discuss future readings at this meeting. (pdf)

October 3: Nina Strohminger, Joshua Knobe and George Newman 2017. The True Self: A psychological concept distinct from the self. Perspectives on Psychological Science 12(4):551–560. (pdf) https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691616689495

November 14:

December 5:

Previous SoBIG discussion topics

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