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Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.
Home page: http://www.lisabortolotti.com
Posts by Lisa Bortolotti
Costs and Benefits of Imperfect Cognitions, Birmingham (UK)
Organised by Ema Sullivan-Bissett and Lisa Bortolotti
Funded by an AHRC Fellowship
10:00-10:30 – Arrival and registration with tea and coffee served
10:30-11:30 – Ryan McKay (Royal Holloway) and Maarten Boudry (University of Ghent): “In Defence of False Beliefs?”
11:30-11:40 – Comfort break
11:40-12:40 – Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham): “Epistemic Costs and Benefits of Delusional Beliefs”.
12:40-14:00 – Lunch
14:00-15:00 – Katerina Fotopoulou (University College London): “Inferring the Self: Neurological Exaggerations of Normally Imperfect Inferences about the Body”
15:00-16:00 – Martin Conway (City University London): “Memory, Reality, and Consciousness in the Remembering-Imaging System”
16:00-16:30 – Tea and coffee
16:30-17:30 – Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham): “The Epistemic Status of Confabulatory Explanations”
9:30-10:30 – Petter Johansson and Lars Hall (University of Lund): “Choice Blindness and the Flexibility of Attitude Formation: Why not Knowing why might be a Good Thing”
10:30-11:00 – Tea and coffee
11:00-12:00 – Jules Holroyd (University of Nottingham): “Implicit Bias, Awareness Conditions, and Epistemic Innocence”
12:00-13:00 – Miranda Fricker (University of Sheffield): “Fault and No-fault Epistemic Responsibility for Implicit Prejudice”
13:00-14:00 – Lunch
End of conference
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Ema Sullivan-Bissett (e.l.sullivan-bissett AT bham.ac.uk) to inquire about availability, and post a cheque (made payable to the University of Birmingham) with your registration fee to Lisa Bortolotti (Philosophy Department, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT Birmingham) by 1st March 2014.
Due to the venue and the format, participation is strictly limited to 60 delegates including speakers.
Registration fee (including refreshments and lunches, not including conference dinner and accommodation):
- free for the Imperfect Cognitions network members
- £30 for external delegates
Bursaries may be available for graduate students.
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus
Worcester Room, Hornton Grange, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RS.
Some of you may be interested in the recent contributions to “Imperfect Cognitions“, a blog run by Ema Sullivan-Bissett and myself on costs and benefits of delusional beliefs, confabulatory explanations, implicit biases, and distorted memories.
Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Birmingham
This post arises from an AHRC Fellowship awarded to Lisa Bortolotti for a project entitled “The Epistemic Innocence of Imperfect Cognitions”. The project aims to develop the notion of epistemic innocence and to investigate whether delusional beliefs, distorted memories and confabulatory explanations can ever have epistemic benefits which outweigh their epistemic faults.
Qualifications: PhD relevant to research area (Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Psychiatry).
The post is fixed term for 12 months, starting 2 September 2013, and part time at 30% FTE. The deadline is 11th July 2013. Full job description.
For the Turing year 2012, the AISB (The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour) and the IACAP (The International Association for Computing and Philosophy) merge their annual symposia/conferences to the AISB/IACAP World Congress.
The congress will take place 2-6 July 2012 in Birmingham, UK.
Call for proposals for symposia can be found at http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/turing12/cfp-symp.php
Further programme information will soon be added to the event website.
Graduate Workshop: The University of Birmingham Philosophy Department meets the University of Tokyo Centre for Philosophy
March 25th, 2011
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Lecture room 4, ARTS Building
- 10:30-11:30 Sutetsu Boku: “Theories of Autism”, Reply by Josephine Reichert
- 11:30-12:30 Andrew Wright: “The Phenomenal Principle and Representation”, Reply by Ryoji Sato
- 12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
- 1:30-2:30 Ryoji Sato: “On Ned Block’s Mesh Argument”, Reply by Khai Wager
- 2:30-3:30 Pegah Lashgarlou: “Thomas Nagel and Category Mistakes”, Reply by Haruka Tsutsui
- 3:30-4:00 Coffee break
- 4:00-5:00 Haruka Tsutsui: “Constructing Common Knowledge”, Reply by Nathaniel Grant
- 5:00-6:00 Yu Nishitsutsumi: “Epistemic Akrasia and Desire”, Reply by Naomi Thompson
“The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life”
Dr. Jesse Bering (Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen’s University, Belfast)
Time: Monday 29 November 2010, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Lecture Room 6, Arts Building, University of Birmingham (Coffee 2nd Floor Main Foyer Arts: 3:30pm-4:00pm)
ALL WELCOME, ADMISSION FREE
Why does even the most committed atheist turn to God when a family member falls seriously ill, or they find themselves in close personal danger? Using the latest scientific evidence, Jesse Bering explores how people’s everyday thoughts, behaviours and emotions betray an innate tendency to reason as though God were deeply invested in their public lives and secret affairs.
Jesse Bering is Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen’s University, Belfast. The Institute’s research focuses primarily on human social behaviour and current topics range from people’s belief in the afterlife to moral disgust over social offences. Jesse writes a weekly column for Scientific American, ‘Bering in Mind’.
Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project at the University of Oxford.
For more information please contact Dr. Yujin Nagasawa (Y.Nagasawa@bham.ac.uk).
Monographic issue of the European Journal of Analytic Philosophy on CLASSIFICATION AND EXPLANATION IN PSYCHIATRY: PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES edited by Lisa Bortolotti and Luca Malatesti
CONCEPTUAL CHALLENGES IN THE CHARACTERISATION AND EXPLANATION OF PSYCHIATRIC PHENOMENA, Lisa Bortolotti and Luca Malatesti
ARE PSYCHIATRIC KINDS REAL? Helen Beebee and Nigel Sabbarton-Leary
COMPLEX MENTAL DISORDERS: REPRESENTATION, STABILITY AND EXPLANATION, Dominic Murphy
UNDERSTANDING AND JASPERS: NATURALIZING THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF PSYCHIATRY, John McMillan
SCHIZOPHRENIA AND THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE, Hanna Pickard
LIVING STRANGELY IN TIME: EMOTIONS, MASKS AND MORALS IN PSYCHOPATHICALLY-INCLINED PEOPLE, Doris McIlwain
PSYCHIATRIC EXPLANATION AND UNDERSTANDING, Tim Thornton
Vulnerability, Mental Disorder and Paternalism
Thursday 10 June 2010, 5.30-6.30pm
Faculty Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy, Cambridge
This seminar will explore the concepts of vulnerability and legitimate paternalism, in the context of mental disorders, including: some ways in which different disorders may make people vulnerable to exploitation by others (and how these relate to the effects of other conditions that may increase vulnerability e.g. intoxication, low self-esteem); whether this increased vulnerability represents a challenge to personal autonomy; and possible justifications for limiting the right to self-determination for people deemed to be vulnerable.
Michael Dunn (Etox Centre, Oxford): “Situational vulnerability and the moral duty to safeguard”
Elizabeth Fistein (Dept. of Psychiatry, Cambridge): “Disinhibition and vulnerability to exploitation: a justification for medical paternalism?”
Phil Bielby (Law School, University of Hull): TBC
Lubomira Radoilska (Faculty of Philosophy, Cambridge): “Vulnerability to exploitation as a challenge to relational accounts of autonomy”
For further details and RSVP please e-mail the organiser, Lubomira Radoilska (lr271 AT cam.ac.uk)
Funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and by the School of Philosophy Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham
Tuesday, 8th June, University of Birmingham
This is a workshop for the presentation of new work in the philosophy of psychiatry.
There is no registration fee but advance registration is essential. Email Lisa Bortolotti (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15th if you wish to attend.
10:00 Welcome and introduction: New directions in the Philosophy of Psychiatry
10:30-11:30 Helen Beebee (Birmingham): Are psychiatric kinds real?
11:30-12:30 Marion Godman (KCL): The Swedish Apathetic Children: some epistemic and metaphysical issues in grounding psychiatric kinds.
12:30-13:30 Rachel Cooper (Lancaster): Is psychiatric classification a good thing?
14:30-15:30 Jill Craigie (KCL): Decision-making competence and practical rationality in anorexia nervosa.
15:30-16:30 Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway): Religion and psychiatry: a medieval perspective.
16:30-17:30 Paolo Mantovani (KCL): On distinguishing delusions from religious beliefs.
Talks will last approximately 30-40 minutes and they will be followed by 15-20 minutes discussion.
Friday 25th June, Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford
Personality disorder is prevalent and disabling: research suggests it affects 10-13% of the population, and is associated with social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, and crime, together with feelings of isolation, rejection, and intense pain and distress. It is also stigmatizing: people with personality disorder are notoriously difficult to treat, and place heavy demands on social, medical, legal and forensic services. The aim of this workshop is to integrate philosophical, psychiatric, and legal thinking about the nature of personality disorder. Is it rightly conceived of as an illness or psychiatric condition? To what extent do people with personality disorder have the capacity to take rational decisions? To what extent can they appropriately be held responsible for their behaviour? And how can they best be helped?
- Prof Louis Charland, University of Western Ontario
- Prof Tony Hope, University of Oxford
- Dr Steve Pearce, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust
- Prof Jill Peay, London School of Economics
- Dr Hanna Pickard, University of Oxford and Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust
- Prof Nancy Potter, University of Louisville
- Prof Peter Zachar, Auburn University
This workshop is funded by All Souls College, the Laces Trust, and the Oxford Philosophy Faculty, in association with St Cross College and the WPA.
More information here.