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Lisa Bortolotti is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.
Home page: http://www.lisabortolotti.com
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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 (email@example.com) 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.
An interdisciplinary workshop
10am to 4pm, Monday March 15 2010, Arden House, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick
Islamic Fashion in Europe: Mimesis and Alterity – Dr. Annika Rabo, University of Gothenburg
Mimesis and Practices of Organizing – Dr. Kasja Lindberg, University of Stockholm
Complex Contagions – Dr. Damon Centola, MIT Sloan School of Management.
What, if any, role do mirror neurons play in social cognition? - Dr. Phil Gerrans, University of Adelaide
Please contact Ann Ryan (Ann.Ryan@warwick.ac.uk) for further details and travel information.
Announcement on behalf of Dr Lubomira Radoilska:
I. Substance-Related Disorders and Personal Autonomy (Friday, 26 February 2010, 5.30 – 7.30pm, Faculty Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
II. Depression and Dysthymia as Possible Challenges to Autonomy (Friday, 12 March 2010, 5.30 – 7.30pm, Faculty Board Room, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
The questions we shall address include: What leads to defining some instances of apparently paradoxical agency as psychiatric conditions? How does the current understanding of specific mental disorders relate to fundamental philosophical problems, such as freedom of will and moral responsibility?
If you would like to attend, please e-mail Dr Lubomira Radoilska (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance.
Workshop materials will be provided at the start of each session.
The Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham (UK) will be hosting a Graduate Workshop on Pain on Friday 11th June, 2010.
The workshop is organised by Andrew Wright (with the collaboration of Lisa Bortolotti) and sponsored by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Mind Association, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
Keynote speakers are:
David Bain (Philosophy, Glasgow), “Pain and imperatives”.
Stuart Derbyshire (Psychology, Birmingham), “The difficulty of locating the beginnings of pain”.
10:00–10:45 “The Difficulty of Locating the Beginnings of Pain” by Stuart Derbyshire (School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK)
11:30–12:00 “Is it intelligible that a creature with no pain-behaviour should be in pain?” by Natalia Waights Hickman (Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, UK)
12:15–12:45 “Chronic pain and new neuroimaging techniques: Can we finally ‘see’ pain? Implications for the law” by Silvia Camporesi (European School of Molecular Medicine and Università Statale di Milano, Italy)
14:00–14:30 “Reduction in thermal pain induced by the rubber hand illusion” by Camila Valenzuela-Moguillanskya (Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes, France)
14:45–15:15 “Independence and Connection of Pain and Suffering” by Sascha Benjamin Fink (Institute for Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany)
15:45–16:30 “Pain and Imperatives” by David Bain (Philosophy Department, University of Glasgow, UK)