Thu, 28 Sept|
LECTURE | Eleonore Neufeld (UMass)
Eleonore Neufeld is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests are in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, philosophy of language, and social philosophy.
Time & Location
28 Sept, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
About The Event
Engineering social concepts: feasibility and causal models
How feasible are conceptual engineering projects of social concepts that aim for the engineered concept to be widely adopted in ordinary everyday life? Predominant frameworks on the psychology of concepts that shape work on stereotyping, bias, and machine learning have grim implications for the job prospects of conceptual engineers: conceptual engineering efforts are ineffective in promoting conceptual change. This tradition, however, tends to ignore that concepts don’t only encode statistical, but also causal information. Paying attention to this feature of concepts, I argue, shows that conceptual engineering is not only possible. There is an imperative to conceptually-engineer...