In partnership with the VIU Philosophy department, join us for the Philosopher’s Cafe. An expert does a short introduction to a philosophical question and attendees discuss. Tea, coffee, and snacks provided.

This month’s topic is consciousness, led by Dr. Oscar Clemotte. Why is consciousness so problematic? Consciousness has recently become the hot topic among philosophers, and among not a few neuroscientists and cognitive scientists too. One major reason is qualia, the building block of mental life and the simplest elements of our experience by virtue of which there is something it is like to have an experience (e.g., the smell of coffee or the sound of aharpsichord). What is the best account for such qualitative states of consciousness?

Oscar Clemotte obtained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oviedo, Spain. He’s been teaching philosophy at Vancouver Island University since 2000. Originally from Paraguay, in his free time he enjoys playing classical guitar, composing music, hiking and kayaking.

THURS. 16 NOV. 2023  6:00 TO 7:30 P.M.