P. M. S. Hacker




28th November 2023

@ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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About the Speaker

P.M.S. Hacker is Emeritus Fellow and former Tutorial Fellow in philosophy at St John’s College, Oxford. He holds an Honorary Professorship at University College, London at the UCL Institute of Neurology at Queen’s Square. He has held British Academy and Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships and visiting chairs in North America. He is the leading authority on the philosophy of Wittgenstein on whom he has written a dozen books. Together with M.R. Bennett he has written extensively on cognitive neuroscience. He is the author of 24 books, editor of 4 books, and author of 172 papers. In his works in the last decade and a half he has dedicated his energies to a tetralogy on human nature. 




Writing in 1946-7, Ludwig Wittgenstein made some observations on conceptions of neural representations and correlations between thought processes and brain processes that presage twenty-first century debates. They are highly controversial. They have occasioned multiple conflicting interpretations and misunderstandings. Although written more than seventy-five years ago, they retain their freshness and forcefulness. If correct they undermine some of the deepest preconceptions of contemporary cognitive neuroscience and neurology, as well as experimental psychology. 


Hacker, P. M. S., & Bennett, M. R. (2021). Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience (2nd edition). Wiley-Blackwell. Cite
Hacker, P., & Sandis, C. (2021). Insight and Illusion: Themes in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein, 3rd Edition (1st edition). Anthem Press. Cite
Hacker, P. M. S. (2004). Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies (New Ed edition). Oxford University Press. Cite
Wittgenstein, L. (2009). Philosophical Investigations (P. M. S. Hacker & J. Schulte, Eds.; 4th edition). Wiley-Blackwell. Cite
Hacker, P. M. S. (2013). Wittgenstein: Comparisons and Context. Oxford University Press. Cite
Hacker, P. M. S. (1996). On Davidson's Idea of a Conceptual Scheme. The Philosophical Quarterly (1950-), 46(184), 289–307. https://doi.org/10.2307/2956442 Cite
Hacker, P. M. S. (2013). A Normative Conception of Necessity: Wittgenstein on Necessary Truths of Logic, Mathematics and Metaphysics. From Ontos Verlag: Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society - New Series (Volumes 1-18), 14(0). Cite
Hacker, P. M. S. (2002). Is There Anything It Is like to Be a Bat? Philosophy, 77(300), 157–174. Cite
Hacker. (2001). Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies. Oxford University Press. Cite


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