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"Sexual Selection, Agency, and the Reasonableness of Beauty"

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Friday, October 26, 2018
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12:00 pm
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Daniel Pedersen, University of Exeter

In a discussion of the role that beauty plays in the selection of mates by non-human females, Dr. Daniel Pedersen (Exeter) will offer an alternative to the two dominant answers to this question-the "adaptationist: and the "aesthetic view." The first claims the beauty is simply marker of fitness. The second affirms the non-adaptive role of beauty but, according to the speaker, cannot offer a coherent model of rational female agency, complete with final causes. Professor Alex Rosenberg (Duke) will offer a response. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: John Rose