Device is incompatible to play the video
Thursday, 1 December 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Curious Case of the Decapitated Frog

Professor Alexander Klein

In 1853, the German Physiologist Eduard Pflüger published the first in a series of startling experiments on living, decapitated frogs. He elicited behaviours in these compromised animals that seemed more than just reflexive - the behaviours seemed purposive. An ensuing controversy over whether these frogs could be considered genuinely conscious pitted the English polymath G.H. Lewes against T.H. Huxley. Their debate curiously intertwined empirical with a priori philosophical concerns, concerns which we will try to tease apart.


2016-12-01_AlexanderKlien_speaker_370x370.jpg

Professor Klein is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State Long Beach. His main research focus is on the history of the philosophy of science.

Read More
Read Less
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

Bowel Cancer and Digestive Cancers

Professor Chris Whitty
Monday, 7 December 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Christmas Lies and Legends

Judith Flanders
Wednesday, 9 December 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

What Surgeons Can Learn from Polar Explorers and Fighter Pilots

Professor Roger Kneebone
Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Screening: When is it Useful, When is it Not?

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Amelia Dyer: Baby Killers

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 14 January 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Secrets of Darwin’s Greenhouse

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 8 February 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Making a Monkey out of Darwin

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 30 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Plato

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 26 November 2020 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Changing Geography of Ill Health

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Snow White: Evil Witches

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 19 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Fatal Months: Auschwitz and the End of the Second World War

Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How Are Drones Changing Warfare?

Dr Sophy Antrobus MBE
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Theatres of War: Crusade, Colonialism and Chivalry in the Middle Ages

Nicholas Paul
Thursday, 3 June 2021 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cyber War Crimes

Tarah Wheeler
Tuesday, 30 March 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Political Spending on the Internet

Professor Lori Ringhand
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side in Painting

Professor William Sharpe
Monday, 5 March 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Suspect Communities in Anglo-American Law

Professor Erik Luna
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Rise and Fall of Sourdough: 6000 Years of Bread

Professor Eric Pallant
Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Free the Nipple!

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

The World's First Scientists

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 4:00PM
WATCHED

The World's First University?

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

The Greatest Speech Of All Time?

Professor Edith Hall
Friday, 1 March 2019 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

What is Greek Theatre?

Professor Edith Hall
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

Was Sappho Really a Women?

Professor Edith Hall
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 10:00AM