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)
August 28-31, 2012
Call for Papers
20th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology in
Conference website: http://www.eurospp.org/2012
Online submission: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=espp2012
This meeting marks the 20th Anniversary of the ESPP. The occasion will be marked by a symposium in memory of former ESPP president, Marc Jeannerod, and a number of talks by other former ESPP presidents (Josef Perner, John Campbell, and Pierre Jacob). Please join us in London to celebrate 20 years of successful interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
- John Campbell (Philosophy, University of California, Berkley)
- Josef Perner (Psychology, University of Salzburg)
- Hagit Borer (Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London & University of Southern California)
- Linda B. Smith (Psychology, Indiana University)
- ‘In and Out of Experience: Personal and Sub-Personal Explanations in Psychology’ Chair: Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, London)
- ‘The Marc Jeannerod Memorial Symposium’ Chair: Naomi Eilan (ESPP President, University of Warwick)
- ‘Regret’ Chair: Marcel Zeelenberg (Tilburg University)
- ‘Mental Agency’ Chair: Joelle Proust (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris) & Fabian Dorsch (University of Warwick & Fribourg)
- ‘Understanding and Communication’: there will be three linked symposia on this topic from the projects that form the EuroUnderstanding Programme Chairs: Guenther Knoblich (CEU Budapest), Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University), Frank Esken (Salzburg University)
The aim of the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology is ‘to promote interaction between philosophers and psychologists on issues of common concern’. Psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, computer scientists and biologists are encouraged to report experimental, theoretical and clinical work that they judge to have philosophical significance; and philosophers are encouraged to engage with the fundamental issues addressed by and arising out of such work. In recent years ESPP sessions have covered such topics as spatial concepts, simulation theory, attention, joint attention, reference, problems of consciousness, introspection and self-report, emotion, perception, early numerical cognition, infants’ understanding of intentionality, memory and time, motor imagery, counterfactuals, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, minimalism in linguistic theory, reasoning, vagueness, mental causation, action and agency, thought without language, externalism, connectionism, hypnosis, and the interpretation of neuropsychological results.
Call for Papers
The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting.
Submitted papers are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists. Papers should not exceed a length of 20 minutes (about 8 double-spaced pages) for a total 30 minute session. Submissions may be by abstract (ca. 500 words) but in the case of philosophical submissions a full paper is preferred. Please state the primary discipline of your paper (philosophy, psychology, or linguistics) by checking the respective box during the online submission process.
The Society also encourages joint submission of papers as symposia topics (for 3 and up to 4 speakers across different disciplines) – the convenor should submit a brief (1000 word) description of the symposium topic in addition to each participant submitting an abstract/paper – all papers considered as part of a submitted symposium will also be considered for independent presentation. The selection of talks in a symposium should be suitable to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion. There may be some financial support available for the travel expenses of symposiasts (partial coverage of costs).
There will also be poster presentations. A submission for a poster presentation should consist of a 500-word abstract. Submitted papers may also be considered for presentation as posters.
All submissions (whether abstracts or full papers) should be in PDF-format and should be properly anonymized in order to allow for blind refereeing.
The deadline for submission of PAPERS and POSTERS is 15 May, 2012
The deadline for submission of SYMPOSIA PROPOSALS is 29th February, 2012
Please use the online submission form to be found at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=espp2012 (this requires registering with EasyChair, which is easy to do and free of charge).
If you have any questions, contact us by writing an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fabian Dorsch
- Teresa McCormack
- Peter Svenonius
Barry Smith, Institute for Philosophy, UCL, London
August 28th-31st, 2012
University of Manchester
Collective Intentionality VIII – as the name suggests! – is the eighth in a series of large-scale international events on joint and/or cooperative action, reasoning, decision, intention, attention, and associated mental and agential phenomena, topics that impact on issues in ethics and social ontology and which cross boundaries between philosophy, economics, politics and psychology. Previous events in the series have been hosted by the Universities of Basel (2010), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000) and Munich (1998). This will be the first in the series hosted in the UK, and we are proud to announce that the University of Manchester has been selected to host the event.
Confirmed invited speakers:
- Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
- Michael Bratman (Philosophy, Stanford)
- Margaret Gilbert (Philosophy, UC Irvine)
- Wolfgang Prinz (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig)
- Raimo Tuomela (Philosophy, Helsinki)
- A. J. Julius (Philosophy, UCLA)
- Stephen Butterfill (Philosophy, Warwick)
- Guenther Knoblich (Psychology, SOMBY, Donders, Radboud, Nijmegen)
- Hans Bernhard Schmid (Philosophy, Vienna)
- Peter Goldie (Philosophy, Manchester)
- Alex Oliver (Philosophy, Cambridge)
- Kirk Ludwig (Philosophy, Indiana)
- Thomas Smith (Philosophy, Manchester)
The event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Tomasello, plenary talks by (among others) Professors Bratman and Gilbert, and four three-speaker symposiums: on (i) the cognitive psychology of joint action, (ii) cooperative action and reasoning, (iii) the logic and metaphysics of plurals and collectivity, and (iv) the phenomenology of empathy and fellow-feeling. In addition, there will be parallel sessions of submitted papers by delegates.
Call for papers
We invite papers for presentation in 20 minutes. Philosophers, psychologists, economists and political theorists with research interests in this area are warmly encouraged to submit. Please send drafts (abstracts if preferred), for blind review to email@example.com by 1st June 2012. Notification of acceptance by 1st July 2012.
Registration and fees
Registration is not yet open and the conference fee not finalised. We expect that the fee will be low (between £60-80). This will include coffee and lunches, but exclude accommodation and the conference dinner. Please send any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local organizing committee
Thomas Smith, Peter Goldie, Joel Smith (Philosophy, Manchester), Paul Ibbotson (Max Planck Child Study Centre, Psychology, Manchester), Stephen Butterfill (Philosophy, Warwick).