Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Steven Downes

University of Utah

"The Animal Within: The Application of Animal Behavior Models in the Explanation of Human Behavior"


I will review several alternate explanatory styles in the biology of human behavior.  Most of these explanatory styles share the assumption that models of the causes of animal behavior are applicable in the human case.  While this assumption is widely held by behavioral biologists, philosophers tend to either reject the assumption explicitly or at least downplay the applicability of animal behavior models to explaining human behavior.  I argue that certain animal behavior models should play an important role in explaining human behavior and offer some ways of resisting what I take to be the philosophical orthodoxy in this area.

Friday, May 13, 2005
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served