Do animals dream? Join David Peña-Guzmán as he explores behavioural and neuroscientific research on animal sleep with philosophical theories of dreaming. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/LpI7zNHUFRQ
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Are humans the only dreamers on Earth? Dreams provide an invaluable window into the cognitive and emotional lives of nonhuman animals, giving us access to a seemingly inaccessible realm of human experience. From suggestions that many animals run ‘reality simulations’ while asleep to the profound implications for contemporary debates about animal cognition, ethics, and rights.
In this talk, discover a convincing case for animals as conscious beings and examine the thorny scientific, philosophical and ethical questions it raises.
This livestream was recorded on 28 July 2022.
David Peña-Guzmán received his PhD in Philosophy from Emory University in 2015. His dissertation, ‘The rational turn in continental philosophy: Bachelard, Canguilhem, Foucault’, is an interrogation of the school of historical epistemology that appeared in France sometime between the 1920s and the 1950s.
David works on historical epistemology, animal studies, phenomenology, feminist theory, bioethics, and critical social theory. His work has appeared in journals such as ‘Foucault Studies’, ‘The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy’, and ‘Hypatia’. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State University in 2017, Dr Peña-Guzmán was a postdoc at the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC) in Ontario, Canada and at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore, MD.
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