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.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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

The February Revolution in Russia

Professor Dominic Lieven
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Value of Heritage and the Heritage of Value

Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

King Edward VIII

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

I Won't Have Blood! A Battle Between Belief and Duty?

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Xtreme Everest: Taking Medicine from Mountainside to Bedside

Professor Mike Grocott
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Rise and Fall of Sourdough: 6000 Years of Bread

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

"Numberless Diverse Acts of Courage and Belief": The Struggle Against Slavery in History and in the Present

Dr Aidan McQuade
Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Affairs of the Heart: An Exploration of the Symbolism of the Heart in Art

Professor Martin Elliott
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Right Stuff: How Do We Make Moral Choices?

Professor Gwen Adshead
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The History of Local Anaesthesia

Dr William Harrop-Griffiths
Monday, 6 February 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Perfection or Pastiche? New Buildings in Old Places

Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Cheats, Liars and Fornicators: The Hidden Face of Mother Nature

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Movement of Ponytails, Ships and the Millennium Bridge

Professor Raymond E. Goldstein
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 5:55PM
WATCHED

Did The SS Great Eastern Ever Sail To Australia?

Elliott Wragg
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

When Did They Really Start Trusting Steam And Get Rid Of The Masts?

Elliott Wragg
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 6:58PM
WATCHED

When Did The Royal Dockyards Come Into Being?

Elliott Wragg
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 1:57PM
WATCHED

What Part Did The Commercial Companies Play In Stimulating Engineering Design?

Elliott Wragg
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 1:55PM
WATCHED

How does the Brain relate to the Heart?

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 6:59PM