Talk at the Forum for Perception, Action and Senses (CenSes),
Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Department of philosophy, University of Milan, Italy
Thursday June 2, 2011, 3:00pm
Room G37 (Senate House, Ground Floor) University of London
There is a huge amount of evidence that in processing others’ actions we take advantage of the same motor resources that allow us to efficiently perform those actions, being such processing modulated by our own motor repertoire. In particular, several brain imaging studies have demonstrated that the richer is our motor repertoire the greater is our ability to make sense of others’ actions, understanding them from the inside as our own motor possibilities and not just from the outside as mere events going on in the external world (Rizzolatti and Sinigaglia 2010, Sinigaglia 2010). Despite their relevance, these studies only focused on what philosophers are used to calling «general abilities» as distinct from «specific abilities» (Mele 2002) – while the former encompass all the skills characterizing one’s own motor repertoire regardless of whether they can be effectively instantiated, the latter refer to what one is actually in the position to do, that is, to her own actual motor possibilities. (more…)
Workshop on Perception, Action, and Time
June 2-3, 2011
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Department of Philosophy
UAB. Casa Convalescència: http://www.fundaciouab.com/casa/ENG/galeria.asp?Id_CARPETA=1&Id_FOTO=62&offs
Perception, thought and action have traditionally been considered constitutively independent yet functionally related mental realms. Much recent work in the philosophy of mind has either emerged from, or has resulted in, questioning the independence of these three realms. In such work, perception is often more closely related to action, or thought is considered to be a variety of action. Some of these new developments focus on experiences in which time is a basic factor, such as in the experience of something moving or the experience of succession. However, there has also been certain resistance to some of these developments. Alternative, refined versions of the more traditional picture have been offered instead. The aim of this workshop is to bring together philosophers from both sides of this on-going debate.
- Christoph Hoerl (Warwick)
- Conor McHugh (Jean Nicod / Southampton)
- Ian Phillips (UCL/Oxford)
- Hanna Pickard (Oxford)
- Josep Lluís Prades (Girona)
- Susanna Schellenberg (ANU)
- Marta Vidal (UAB)
Contact: Josefa Toribio (jtoribio@ICREA.CAT).
Further details will be circulated closer to the date.
Registration: For those wishing to attend the workshop, registration is appreciated. It’s free, and it helps our planning. To register send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Registration” in the subject line.
The event is funded by the Spanish government via the research project FFI2008-06164-C02-02 and by the Catalan government via the consolidated research group GRECC, SGR2009-1528.