Agora Lecture – Dan Sperber: Culture and Minds

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Professor Dan Sperber (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) gave his agora lecture on 17 August 2011 at the Sibelius Museum, Turku. The lecture included a musical performance, a chain improvisation by Se Ensemble.

Dan Sperber is a French social and cognitive scientist. He holds an emeritus research professorship at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, a recurrent visiting professorship at the Department of Philosophy of the Central European University in Budapest, and is the director of the International Cognition and Culture Institute. His most influential work has been in the fields of cognitive anthropology and linguistic pragmatics. He is the author numerous articles in anthropology, linguistics, philosophy and psychology and of three books: Rethinking Symbolism (Cambridge UP 1975), On Anthropological Knowledge (Cambridge UP 1985), and Explaining Culture (Blackwell 1996). Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson have developed a cognitive approach to communication known as ‘Relevance Theory’. Both the epidemiology of representations and relevance theory have been influential and also controversial.

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