For the fourth meeting of the Kitcher Society on 12 March, Prof Constantine Sandis talked on ‘How to understand others (without going mad)’.
Prof Sandis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Secretary of the British Wittgenstein Society. One of the world’s leading philosophers of action, he is currently writing a book on the philosophy of understanding for Yale University Press.
He argued that we do not in fact understand each other by communicating thoughts that are ‘hidden’ in our minds through language. Instead, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein argued, understanding each other requires a background of shared interests and concepts, ways of doing things, education and culture – things that are not hidden in people’s minds at all.
His amusing and stimulating talk provoked many questions from students and staff alike.Back to list