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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

“What is Liberal Education For?”: A Conference Postmortem

The liberal education conference has now come and gone. My own panel went well, though I think I left with the same question I had going in, namely: Are there any truthful instrumental arguments to be made for liberal education? | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

John Searle and the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

It is at the point of this speculative possibility that Searle’s argument becomes both more interesting and more problematic, for it probes—somewhat indirectly, but powerfully nonetheless—the significance of the “artificial,” a category under which we can put both “art,” “artifice,” and certainly “technology.” | Read post >>>

Common Place

Cities, Water, and the Fabric of Sustainability

With the world's population rapidly moving to cities, sustainability issues such as energy, water, and food, will increasingly be urban concerns. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Public Lecture - "The Place of Prejudice"

31 October 2014

Adam Sandel (Harvard University) | Public Lecture

Institute Seminar Series - "'Practices' in Lab Science"

7 November 2014

Paul Scherz (Catholic University) | Seminar

Fellows Afternoon Tea

12 November 2014

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Institute Seminar Series - "A Confident Pluralism"

21 November 2014

John Inazu (Washington University) | Seminar

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William Hasselberger

Featured Fellow

William Hasselberger

Postdoctoral Fellow

William Hasselberger received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2012. His work focuses on the nature of human agency, autonomy, ethical virtue, and moral psychology. The questions he addresses include: how should we understand distinctively human and rational action; what is the role of practical skill or know-how in action; what are the connections between practical skills, perception, and ethically virtuous action; what is individual autonomy, or 'self-governing' agency, and what are its limits; how do agents achieve inter-subjective understanding of each others' actions; and in what ways are shared social practices important...

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia committed to understanding contemporary cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the public good.

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