The Forum for Philosophical Research at The School of Politics, IR & Philosophy (SPIRE) and the Research Centre for SPIRE, University of Keele, invites you all to the next 2012/13 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture:

Professor John Hyman (University of Oxford)Credit:

Desire, Intention and the Will

20 November 2012, 6-7.30 pm, CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University


All Welcome! Wine!



Recent work on dispositions sheds new light on the nature of desire and intentional action, and offers a new solution to the long-running dispute about whether explanations of intentional action are causal explanations.  I shall argue that the dispute was intractable because of a lack of percipience about dispositions and a commitment to Humean orthodoxies about causation on both sides


About the Speaker:

John Hyman is a Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, Professor of Aesthetics at Oxford University, and editor of The British Journal of Aesthetics. He was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, LA in 2001-2 and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2002-3. During that period he wrote a book about some of the fundamental concepts we use to think about the visual arts: colour, form, representation, and realism.  The book was published in 2006 by the University of Chicago Press, with the title The Objective Eye.  In 2010-12, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, which was awarded to enable him to write a book about action and cognition, entitled After the Fall: Action, Knowledge, and Will.  This talk draws on one of the chapters of that book.


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