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  • Date and time: Friday 18 March 2022, 6.15pm to 7.45pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

Human beings are creatures of feeling that live in social relations with each other. Lucy O'Brien wants to bring into view kinds of social acts that are aimed at inducing feeling in others. In this talk she will focus on acts of laughing at others missteps or failures, and consider how we should think about such acts. Lucy will argue that many of our laughings at others are aimed at making others feel socially diminished, and will try better to understand how they can do that. However, Lucy will also explore a number of other things we do when we laugh at another.

About the speaker

Professor Lucy O’Brien is Richard Wollheim Chair of Philosophy, UCL and Editor of Mind