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The London Lectures: Elizabeth Fricker - Should We Worry About Losing Skills to Robots?

Friday 22nd November 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Free Event

We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.


How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge


Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.


Elizabeth Fricker
Should We Worry About Losing Skills to Robots?


Modern smart technology is taking over many skilled tasks that used to be carried out by humans. Should we worry about becoming progressively deskilled? Is skilled activity an essential part of a worthwhile human life? Do we miss out on something valuable, by failing to acquire and exercise specific skills? In this talk Fricker explores these questions and some possible answers.


Elizabeth Fricker is an Emeritus Fellow at Magdalen College Oxford and Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. She is an authority on testimony—knowledge through the spoken or written word of others—and has also published in other areas of theory of knowledge and in the philosophy of mind.



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Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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