Archive for September, 2012
WORKSHOP II – 5 & 6 November
(see also Workshop I: 8 — 9 Oct , and Workshop III: 3 — 4 December)
Organised by: Department of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Avenue de l’Europe 20, Switzerland
Co-Sponsored by: Olaf Blanke, Laboratory of Neuroscience, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Affective Self
- Jan Slaby, Dept. of Philosophy, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- John Lambie, Dept. of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
- Eric Olson, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
The Dualistic Self
- Martine Nida-Rümelin, Dept. of Philosophy, Fribourg University, Switzerland
Self-Knowledge in Agency
- Lucy O’Brien, Dept. of Philosophy, University College London, London, UK
Everyone welcome | No Registration fee
All enquiries to: email@example.com
-> For a detailed schedule and the workshop poster, please see:
Salon des Professeurs, Room 2113, Misericorde, Avenue de l’Europe 20, Fribourg, Switzerland
(half-way between first & second floor, by the staircase, same level as cafeteria) http://www.unifr.ch/map/de/misericorde.php
‘Considered as a unitary object, the self is full of apparent contradictions. It is simultaneously physical and mental, public and private, directly perceived and incorrectly imagined, universal and culture-specific’ (p. 35). ‘[These different aspects or selves] are all experienced, though perhaps not all with the same quality of consciousness. And they are all valued (…)’.
Neisser, U. (1988) Five kinds of Self-Knowledge, Phil. Psychol. 1, 35 – 59 (p. 36)
The question of what self-consciousness, and, more specifically, the sense of self might amount to has been at the very centre of inquiries into the human condition across different ages, cultures and academic disciplines. The answers that have emerged in the past not only revealed different theoretical and practical approaches towards the self, depending on what was assumed that we are aware of in self-consciousness, but also importantly indicated that, in being self-conscious, we take ourselves to be aware of sometimes radically different aspects of the self or indeed of altogether distinct selves.
In these interdisciplinary workshops that draw on sources from philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, we want to explore how self-consciousness, understood broadly, intimates to us these different aspects of the particular self or kind of self we seemingly are and how these diverse self-related elements (or ‘selves’) not only form a unified whole, if they do, but also how the related conceptions of the self integrate with our general theories and assumptions about the world.
To this end, we will be discussing, inter alia, the phenomenology of self-experience; the (dis)unity of the self; self and agency; biological & evolutionary roots of the self; the emotional/affective self; the idea of a minimal self; the self and the brain; the conceptual versus non-conceptual content of self-consciousness; the embodied self; the first-person versus third-person perspective; the psychopathology of the self; the dualistic nature of the self; the problem of self-knowledge; multi-sensory integration and body awareness; the persistence of the self through time; and prospects for a unified theory of self-consciousness and the self.
Participants in the workshops will have an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the diverse aspects surrounding the problem of self-consciousness and the self. Being able to discuss core issues with leading experts in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience will alert participants to the challenges and opportunities in this line of research and will, furthermore, demonstrate to them theoretical and practical strategies of how successful theories of self-consciousness and the self can be formulated.
The organisers wish to acknowledge the kind support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF 101115-140203 / 1)
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
July 2-6 2012
University of Sussex
Call for Papers
- Abstract Submission is now open (deadline Feb 15 2012)
- Submit by following this link: http://www.theassc.org/assc16_abstract_submission
- Victor Lamme, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Josef Perner, University of Salzburg
- Geraint Rees, University College London
- Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
- Tim Bayne, University of Oxford
- Christof Koch, Caltech (special lecture)
- Zoltan Dienes, University of Sussex
- Anil Seth, University of Sussex
- Frederique de Vignemont, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
- Amanda Barnier, Macquarie University, Sydney
- Sid Kouider, Ecole Normale Superiuere, Paris
- David Edelman, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego
- Katalin Farkas, Central European University, Budapest
- Joelle Proust, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
- Olaf Blanke, EPFL, Lausanne
- Olivia Carter, University of Melbourne
- Local organisers (chairs): Anil Seth, Zoltan Dienes
- Local organisers (committee): Hugo Critchley, Nick Medford, Ryan Scott, Jamie Ward, Hazelle Woodhurst, David Schwartzman
For more information: http://theassc.org/conferences/assc_16
We invite submissions for a special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on consciousness attribution in moral cognition.
Guest authors include:
- Kurt Gray (Maryland)
- Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh)
- Justin Sytsma (East Tennessee State)
- Anthony I. Jack (Case Western Reserve)
- Philip Robbins (Missouri)
Submissions are due March 31, 2011. The full CFP, including relevant dates and submission details, is available at: http://www.adamwaytz.com/ConsMoralAttr_CFP_RPP.pdf
University of Oxford
Faculty of Philosophy
The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School
Protocol Reference Number: HUM/1014F/E
Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. The post is fixed-term for the period 30 January 2012 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 30 September 2012.
The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) is a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford, and is directed by Professor Nick Bostrom. The Institute’s mission is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on big-picture questions for humanity. The FHI is part of the Oxford Martin School, and is hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy.
The Institute’s work centres on developments that may affect the human condition in fundamental ways – and how we can better understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change. The postholder will conduct independent and collaborative research related to artificial intelligences and other cognitive systems, machine intelligence, superintelligence, and other associated topics. Further particulars are available from the FHI website (http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk) or by emailing Nailya.Nikitenko@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.
The deadline for applications is noon (UK time) on Monday 23 January 2012.
The University of Essex
12th May 2012
The nature and limits of perception are fiercely contested – both by analytic and continental philosophers as well as researchers in other disciplines. For example, some take ethical perception, or perceptual access to forms or structures, to be genuine phenomena, whereas others find this empirically or philosophically implausible. Furthermore, it remains disputed whether in ordinary sensory awareness we perceive objects, facts, representations, sense data, qualia, concepts, or other entities.
Furthermore, the intense interdisciplinary interest in perception – spanning psychology, art, neuroscience and psychiatry, amongst other areas – can promise to provide philosophy with exciting new resources and opportunities for collaborative inquiry. Yet, it also raises questions about the boundaries of philosophical investigation into perception, including whether philosophy has such any legitimate role at all.
In this conference, we seek to explore the scope of the philosophy of perception (understood as broadly as possible). We invite abstracts of around 500 words for presentations of 20 minutes on any topic related to perception.
Submissions from graduate students working within all traditions of philosophy are encouraged, alongside contributions from non-philosophers with research interests in this area. Possible questions and topics speakers include, but are in no means limited to:
- To what degree is perception conceptually structured?
- What is the relation between perception and cinema?
- How does the philosophy of perception inform psychiatric and/or psychoanalytic practice?
- How are we to understand the differences between animal and human perception?
- What, if any, is the relation between perception, time and memory?
- What role do identity and difference play in affording us perceptual access to the world?
- Is there such a thing as moral/ethical perception?
- What does hallucination tell us about veridical perception, if anything?
- What is the brain‚s function in perception?
- Is perception representational?
- The phenomenology of perception.
- Perception and the culture of the image.
- Aesthetics and perception.
- The methodological limits of a philosophy of perception.
- Marx on real abstraction.
- Aspect perception.
- The phenomenology of the sign.
- Prof. Charles Travis
- Dr. David McNeill
Abstracts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st February 2012
University of Aberdeen
13 February 2012
- Hilmi Demir (Bilkent)
- Aaron Meskin (Leeds)
- Ruth Millikan (Connecticut)
- Karen Neander (Duke)
- Andrea Scarantino (Georgia State)
- Nicholas Shea (Oxford)
Supported by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Attendance is free, but registration required via email to email@example.com (Ulrich Stegmann).
Social Cognition, Engagement, and the Second-Person-Perspective
May 25-27, 2012
University of Cologne (Germany)
What are the psychological processes and neural mechanisms enabling social
cognition? How might social cognition be modulated depending on whether one is
actively engaged in social interaction with someone or merely observing others
interact? What is the impact of this distinction for research methodologies in
social psychology and social neuroscience as well as for our understanding of
conditions like autism? In particular, this conference brings together experts
from various fields to promote the prospects of a second-person approach for
future research into the foundations of social cognition.
Speakers and Discussants:
- Cristina Becchio (Torino)
- Alan Costall (Portsmouth)
- Chris Frith (London)
- Uta Frith (London)
- Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)
- Shaun Gallagher (Memphis)
- Tobias Grossmann (Leipzig)
- Riita Hari (Helsinki)
- Günther Knoblich (Budapest)
- Agnes Kovacs (Budapest)
- Joel Krueger (Kopenhagen)
- Cade McCall (Leipzig)
- Victoria McGeer (Princeton)
- Albert Newen (Bochum)
- Vasudevi Reddy (Portsmouth)
- Erik Rietveld (Amsterdam)
- Norihiro Sadato (Tokyo)
- Leonhard Schilbach (Cologne)
- Tobias Schlicht (Bochum)
- Natalie Sebanz (Nijmegen)
- Corrado Sinigaglia (Milan)
- Nikolaus Steinbeis (Leipzig)
- Bert Timmermans (Cologne)
- Kai Vogeley (Cologne)
- Wako Yoshida (London)
Call for Posters
We invite submissions of high quality posters from any discipline on topics related to the main theme of the conference. Posters should be directly submitted in pdf format or by way of an abstract of approx. 500 words. Contact details – authors’ names, postal address, affiliation and e-mail address – should be given separately. Please submit your posters by email to ?Nike Zohm firstname.lastname@example.org before March 1st, 2012!
Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Dr. Leonhard Schilbach (Uniklinik Köln), Dr. Nikolaus Steinbeis (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig), Dr. Bert Timmermans (Uniklinik Köln)
Further Information: http://www.rub.de/philosophy/2ppconference
This conference is part of the research project “Being addressed as You” (http://www.rub.de/philosophy/socialcognition), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within their funding initiative “European Platform” (http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/foerderung/herausforderungen/european-platform-for-life-sciences-mind-sciences-and-the-humanities/bewilligungen-2010.html).
Conference Registration and Call for Papers
11-14 July 2012
St Anne’s College, Oxford
Organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford
- Simon Blackburn
- A.C. Grayling
- Peter Hacker
- Iain McGilchrist
- David Papineau
- Sally Satel
- Roger Scruton
- Raymond Tallis
It is now over 20 years since Churchland’s book Neurophilosophy was published, and in its wake whole disciplines have sprung into being, proudly sporting the prefix ‘neuro-’ by way of attaching themselves to Churchland’s banner. We have entered a new period in which philosophy, among a substantial community of its practitioners, might be seen as the handmaiden of neuroscience, whose role is to remove the obstacles that have been laid in the path of scientific advance by popular prejudice and superstitious ways of thinking. Brain imaging techniques, which enable us to allocate mental functions to precise cortical areas, and in some cases to establish the neural pathways through which information is processed and decisions formed, have cast doubt on the reality of human freedom, have revised the description of reason and its place in human nature, and caused many people to suspect the validity of the old distinctions of kind, which separated person from animal, animal from machine and the free agent from the conditioned organism. In addition, the more we learn about the brain and its functions, the more do people wonder whether our old ways of managing our lives and resolving our conflicts – the ways of moral judgment, legal process and the imparting of virtue – are the best ways, and whether there might be more direct forms of intervention that would take us more speedily, more reliably and perhaps more kindly to the right result.
These developments appear to sit uneasily with the traditional concept of the person, a central concern of philosophy since at least the early Middle Ages. From infancy each of us singles out persons from the rest of our environment as recipients of love, affection, anger and forgiveness. We face them eye-to-eye and I- to-Thou, believing each person to be a centre of self-conscious reflection who responds to reasons, who makes decisions, and whose life forms a continuous narrative in which individual identity is maintained from moment to moment and from year to year. Are we then justified in treating the traditional attributes of persons, such as self-identity, thought, free will and consciousness, simply as “folk psychological” concepts to be revised in a physically reductionistic manner, or can developments in neuroscience be interpreted within alternative philosophical frameworks? Furthermore, what are the broader implications for new first, second and third-personal understanding in moral judgment, in the law, in religion, politics and the arts?
The purpose of this conference is to discuss and debate these developments from a variety of perspectives, to examine the relevance of neuroscience both to philosophy and to the other humanities of the post-Enlightenment university, and to confront the intellectual issues that surround the emergence of what might reasonably be called a ‘neuroculture’.
All those wishing to attend the conference are invited to register via:
Oxford University online shop
The registration fee includes simple lunch, tea and coffee for each day.
Accommodation and Meals
There are two options:
(1) Book a room at St Anne’s College, Oxford, arriving Wed 11 July, departing Sunday 15 July in the morning. This option includes the cost of all the dinners during the conference.
(2) Purchase individual dinners only, without accommodation.
Short papers are also invited on topics directly relevant to the conference themes, to be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20 minutes for the paper, 10 minutes for discussion).
Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 200 word abstract, and institutional affiliation, by email to the Ian Ramsey Centre administrator, Sarah Retz: email@example.com with the subject line “Persons and their Brains Abstract.”
Closing Date for Abstract submissions: Friday 3rd February, 2012.
Notification of accepted papers will take place by the end of February 2012.
The RSS feed for the Mind Net blog has changed again (the plan is that this is a final change!)
Our new (and only) RSS feed is: http://philmind.mws.csx.cam.ac.uk/?feed=rss2
Many apologies about this changing, but has been forced on us by a change on our servers.
Anyone looking, or temptable to be on, the job market might be interested in the following fellowships (they may not be aware of them since these may not appear in Jobs for Philosophers)…
They are a pretty amazing deal: 5 years of research time with a permanent lectureship at the end.
One of the areas that they are looking to hire is cognitive science, including philosophy of cognitive science: http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/HumanResources/Strategic_areas_for_appointment.doc
Humanities and Social Science
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh, a global top 20 University located in one of the world’s fine cities, is making a major investment in the future of its academic staff with the appointment of prestigious tenure-track Fellowships across all disciplines. These 5-year Fellowships are intended to support outstanding candidates at the start of their independent academic career. Up to 100 positions are available.
A Chancellor’s Fellow will already show the ability to conduct world-leading research and exhibit clear potential to become an international leader in their discipline. The Fellow will be able to concentrate on research in the first instance, acquiring the full duties of University Lecturer across the period of the Fellowship. Subject to satisfactory review at the end of 3 years, the Fellow will move to an open contract on the University academic staff.
Appointment will normally be made on the Lecturer scale (£36,862 – £44,016), dependent on experience, and in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made. Some positions are available with immediate effect and it is expected that successful applicants will be in post from August 2012.
Applications containing a detailed CV and a 1-page outline of a proposed research programme should be made online at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk to meet one of the closing dates below. General advice may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and specific details may be obtained from the appropriate Head of School.
Salary Scale: £36,862 – £44,016
Please quote vacancy reference: 3015150JW
Closing dates: 16 January, 29 February and 16 April 2012