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Philosophy Job Talk - Zac Irving

Philosophy Job Talk - Zac Irving
170 St. George Street, JHB 418, Jackman Humanities Building
Time: Oct 20th, 3:15 pm End: Oct 20th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Zac Irving

The Department of Philosophy presents

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Zac Irving (University of Toronto). In January 2016, I began a two-year postdoctoral scholarship at UC Berkeley. Before this, I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto, where I wrote my dissertation on the philosophy of mind-wandering. Despite the fact that mind-wandering occupies up to half of our waking thoughts, it has until recently been neglected by philosophers. My dissertation and publications in journals such as Philosophical Studies bring these neglected thoughts back into focus, developing a novel theory of mind-wandering as unguided attention. The wandering mind provides a lens for me to explore current philosophical topics, such as attention, mental action, and dual process theory. My postdoctoral research extends this project, investigating the relationship between adult mind-wandering and children's imagination. Like a true mind-wanderer, I have worked on a number of topics outside my dissertation, including the epistemology of disagreement, the epistemic status of scientific visual representations, and the rationality of risk aversion. More generally, my areas of competence are epistemology (traditional and formal), philosophy of science, and logic.


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at 416-978-3311.


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