Steve Fuller holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. Here he presents a talk for the Networked Learning Conference on 'The Lecture 2.0'. He is introduced by Dr Sian Bayne.
"There's been a marked rise in interest recently in biological approaches to the understanding of the human condition. Many, if not most of these efforts, attempt to reinvigorate the idea of 'human nature'. How feasible is this idea in the light of current developments in the biological and social sciences? Regardless of the answer one gives, the question raises the larger issue of whether 'the human' is itself a category worth defending for scientific or even political purposes. I shall argue that 'the human' is indeed worth defending but that much recent thinking and research challenges rather than aids such a project".
Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick, UK.