EGENIS seminar: “Social Practices as Biological Niche Construction”, Prof Joseph Rouse (Wesleyan University)
Egenis seminar series
This talk introduces central themes from a forthcoming book that seeks to overcome the conceptual bifurcations between human animality and sociocultural persons that are built into our academic disciplines and intellectual life. This re-conception draws on recent developments in evolutionary biology--- ecological-developmental biology, niche construction, and work on early hominin evolution. It also reworks the social theory of practices as the basic makeup of human social life into a “naturecultural” conception of the evolution of practice-differentiated human developmental environments.
|An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar|
|Date||13 March 2023|
|Time||15:30 to 17:00|
|Place||To be advised|
After reviewing this background, the talk emphasizes three consequential outcomes of this project: a recognition of the normativity of human ways of life as a biological phenomenon; an understanding of language and other conceptual practices as forms of niche construction; and an expressivist conception of power as an aspect of our practice-differentiated way of life. A coda to the talk highlights the significance of our socioecological interdependence with other organisms.