PUBLIC TALK: Creeping Concepts: our expanding ideas of harm and pathology
|Creeping Concepts: our expanding ideas of harm and pathology
A public lecture by Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.
Concept meanings refuse to stand still. They move around over time reflecting changes in culture and society. In this talk, Professor Haslam will explore a pattern of conceptual change that originates in psychology and the social sciences but now permeates the culture at large. Concepts involving harm have gradually broadened their meanings so that they now refer to a much wider range of phenomena than they did in previous decades. This pattern of “concept creep” is illustrated by expanding notions of bullying, mental disorder, trauma and prejudice. Professor Haslam will argue that concept creep reveals a rising cultural sensitivity to harm that has ambivalent social implications and sheds light on contemporary debates about ‘political correctness’, campus culture wars and psychiatric diagnosis, among others. Professor Haslam will present findings from an emerging program of of empirical research on these questions.
This lecture is presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies in association with the UWA Medical Humanities Network.
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