2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics: Death and the Self | University of Oxford

2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics: Death and the Self

Speaker
Professor Shaun Nichols
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:45
Venue
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BD
Venue details

Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Many revolutionary positions in philosophy – scepticism, materialism, hard determinism – have disturbing implications. By contrast, the revolutionary idea that there is no persisting self is supposed to have generally beneficial consequences. Insofar as the self does not persist, one should be more generous to others, less punitive, and have less fear of death. This talk will report recent experiments indicating that changing beliefs about the persistence of self does affect generosity and punitiveness. For attitudes about the self and death, we examined responses from Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists and Westerners; the results are complex and surprising.