Matthew J. Brown: Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Values, Social Reform, and the Psychology of William Moulton Marston

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Abstract of the Lecture 

Matthew J. Brown will discuss a curious case from the history of psychology, the work of William Moulton Marston. Marston was an important experimental and applied psychologist from the early 20th Century, whose work had an explicitly and radically feminist bent and with broad implications for gender, sexuality, and psycho-emotional health. Marston also created the famous comics character Wonder Woman, and fed ideas from his psychological research directly into the comics he wrote. Professor Brown will discuss the case and its implications for philosophy, science, education, and policy. 

Speaker’s Bio 

Professor Brown’s research is focused on contemporary debates in philosophy of science and on the study of the history of American philosophy. In philosophy of science, Professor Brown focuses on the interplay of science and values, including the relationships between science and public policy. In the history of philosophy, Professor Brown is most interested in John Dewey’s work in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. Professor Brown also works in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and the history of psychology. His interests are in theories of mind and cognition as embodied, socially and technologically situated and distributed, and culturally and historically constituted, as well as methodologies for the study of cognition in the context of everyday practice. Professor Brown has explored the application of these theories and methods to the study of science.

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