PODCAST 'Background capabilities and prereflexive awareness' by Prof. Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway)
Professor Andrew Bowie – “Background capabilities and prereflexive awareness”
Accounts of human action in many parts of philosophy tend to depend on the idea that action is to be characterised in terms of following norms or rules. This gives considerable emphasis to the idea of self-consciously determining yourself to do something, according to a rule. This model has considerable consequences for how procedures are codified in many areas of social and professional life. However, there are serious reasons to think that this model is inadequate as an account of how we actually do many things. This is because, even though rules are essential, so much that we need to do these things cannot come immediately to consciousness when we do them. Examples of what is involved here range from the ways in which we carry out conversations, to the example used for the talk: jazz improvisation.
Presentation includes musical examples and is followed by a performance by the Andrew Bowie Jazz Trio, featuring Andrew Bowie (tenor sax),John Turville (piano), and Tom Farmer (bass).
The event took place at Royal Holloway's central London premises in Bedford Square, on Wednesday 7 October 2009.
Dr René Wolf
Dept of History
Royal Holloway University of London
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