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The University of Adelaide
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Email: School of Humanities
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Gavin David Young Lectures

The Gavin David Young Lectures in Philosophy began in 1956, when Gilbert Ryle gave the first of what has become a very prestigious series. The series owes its existence to a bequest made by Jessie Frances Raven in memory of her father, the late Gavin David Young. Ms Raven's bequest is for "the promotion, advancement, teaching and diffusion of the study of philosophy...".

GDY 2012: Philosophy for Representationalists

Abstract: Perceptual experiences represent the way things are. For instance, visual perceptual experiences typically represent how things are in front of us, and tactual experiences represent how things are at a point of contact between our bodies and objects external to us. They are, in consequence, marvellous sources of information about how things are. We can pass this information on in many ways, but we humans most often pass it on using words and sentences.

What do these commonplaces about experiences and language tell us about the contents of our experiences and the contents of our words and sentences? A lot – or so I will argue in these lectures.

Venue: Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

Time: 6.30-8.00pm during March 2012.

Lecture Timetable
Monday 19 March The Representationalist Framework
Wednesdya 21 March Centered Content
Friday 23 March Getting Information from Words with Centered Content
Monday 26 March What Physicalists should say about Mary
Wednesday 28 March Leibniz's Law and the Philosophy of Mind
Friday 30 March Ethics for Cognitivists

Professor Frank Jackson

Professor Frank Jackson  

Frank Jackson studied philosophy at Melbourne University. His PhD is from La Trobe University and his first appointment was at the University of Adelaide. He is currently a regular visiting professor at Princeton University and holds fractional research positions at The Australian National University and La Trobe University.

Professor Jackson is a Corresponding Fellow of The British Academy. His publications include: Perception (Cambridge UP 1977), Conditionals (Blackwell 1987), The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, co-authored with David Braddon-Mitchell (Blackwell, 1996), From Metaphysics to Ethics (Oxford UP 1998), Language, Names, and Information (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

Professor Jackson has held a number of visiting positions, most recently as Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cambridge University in 2011.

Professor Jackson's interview at Radio Adelaide.

Past Lectures



Professor G. Ryle


Terms and Objects

Professor W. V. Quine


The Pressuppositions of Immortality

Professor A. G. N. Flew


Towards a Philosophy for Our Age of Science

Professor Herbert Feigl


Agency and Causality

Professor Donald Davidson


The Paradoxes of Time Travel

Professor D. K. Lewis


Science and Rationality:
Analytic vs. Pragmatic Perspectives

Professor Carl G. Hempel


Conscious Experience and Intentionality

Professor Daniel C. Dennett


Our Place in the Universe

Professor J. J. C. Smart


Mind and Body

Professor Hilary Putnam


Truth, Ethics, History, and Philosophy in the University

Professor Simon Blackburn