Barbara Montero is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation. She is writing a book on thought and effort in expert action.



I Think, Therefore I Can
How does thinking affect doing? There is a widely held view that thinking about what you are doing, as you are doing it, interferes with performance. Once you have developed the skill to perform a pirouette, play an arpeggio on the piano, or parallel park, attention to what you are doing, it is believed, leads to inaccuracies, blunders, and sometimes even utter paralysis. Echoing a theme that one finds in a number of diverse intellectual traditions, the philosopher David Velleman tells us that, after the requisite training, experts act “without deliberate intention or effort.” But is this true?

Time: 4:50 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Concert Hall