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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to present

A Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture

given by

Dr. Michael Tomasello, Duke University

Origins of Human Cooperation

Abstract: Although great apes collaborate for some purposes, recent studies comparing chimpanzees and human children suggest that human collaboration is unique both cognitively and motivationally. In particular, humans seem adapted for collaborative foraging, as even young children display numerous relevant mechanisms, including special ways of coordinating and communicating, special ways of sharing food, and special forms of social evaluation. The “shared intentionality hypothesis” specifies the ontogeny of these underlying mechanisms and their consequences for both human cognition and human social life. 

Thursday, March 1, 4:00 pm, Watson Hall 517

Reception to follow at the University Club, Stuart Street

Please view the poster here.


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Winter Schedule

January 11     Elliot Paul (Barnard/Columbia

Reasoning Through Time: Cartesian Insights

January 18     Juan Piñeros Glassrock (Yale)

Authoritative Knowledge

January 25     Olivia Bailey (Harvard)

In Defense of Empathy: The Value of Humane Understanding

February 1     Rima Basu (University of Southern California)

The Moral Stakes of Our Beliefs

February 6 (Tuesday, 4:30 pm)   Antonia Peacocke (Berkeley)

Constancy of Belief and the Value of Self-Knowledge

February 8     Patti Lenard (Ottawa, jointly sponsored by Political Studies and The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity CSDD) 

February 15   No colloquium

March 1         Michael Tomasello (Duke University, Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture)

March 8         Agnes Tam (Queen’s)

March 15       Charlotte Blattner (Queen’s)

March 22       Pablo Gilabert (Concordia)

March 29       Udo Schüklenk (Queen's)

April 5           Brad Inwood (Yale, Vlastos Lecture)