- IAI.tv has published a debate between Jennifer Hornsby, Patrick Haggard, and George Ellis on the neuroscience of free will.
- The most recent issue of Abstracta, an open-access journal of philosophy published by Düsseldorf University Press, is now available.
- The New York Times has a lengthy review of Evan Thompson’s new book Waking, Dreaming, Being.
- And here’s a fascinating case to consider for anyone interested in color perception (via John Keller).
The 107th annual meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology will be held in New Orleans, April 2-4, 2015. The deadline for submissions in philosophy is this Monday, December 15. To submit, visit https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sspp2015.
Perspectives on the First Person:
The Philosophical Significance of the First Person Point of View
Keynote Speakers: David Chalmers and Carol Rovane
April 30- May 1st
Many areas of philosophy struggle to reconcile the impartial, third personal point of view on the universe with the individual first person perspective. Philosophers of mind struggle to fit phenomenal consciousness into the scientific picture of the world. Ethicists disagree about the legitimacy of partiality, the practice of giving greater weight to the interests of those close to oneself. Feminist philosophers raise doubts about the possibility of constructing a truly objective third person point of view, unaffected by one’s social situation. Epistemologists debate whether individuals with access to the same evidence might nonetheless be rational in disagreeing with one another.
The graduate students of philosophy of the University of Toronto invite papers exploring these and other questions relating to the philosophical significance of the first person perspective, broadly construed, for our 15th annual graduate conference. Continue reading
The 2014 volume of the Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication is co-edited by Edouard Machery and Jesse Prinz. It’s available here, and looks great! All of the papers are free to access, without license or subscription.
Call for Abstracts: Language at the Interface
Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, April 24-26, 2015
Serious and detailed proposals concerning the relationship between language and thought—or, as it might be put today, the language-cognition interface—have recently emerged within the cognitive sciences. Continue reading
From the publisher’s description:
Neuroscience of Consciousness is a new open access journal which will publish papers on the biological basis of consciousness, with an emphasis on empirical neuroscience studies in healthy populations and clinical settings. The journal will also publish empirically and neuroscientifically relevant psychological, methodological, theoretical, and philosophical papers. As well as the primary phenomenon of consciousness itself, relevant topics include interactions between conscious and unconscious processes; selfhood; metacognition and higher-order consciousness; intention, volition, and agency; individual differences in consciousness; altered states of consciousness; disorders of consciousness in psychiatry and neurology; and consciousness in infants and non-human animals.
Author instructions are here.
(via Felipe De Brigard on Facebook)
It’s my great pleasure to introduce Anne Jaap Jacobson as our next featured scholar.
Anne is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston and Director of the UH Center for Neuro-Engineering and Cognitive Science. She is also a Visiting Academic at Somerville College, Oxford.
Posting at Brains will be predictably quiet during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but we do have some excellent content on the calendar, including:
- Anne Jaap Jacobson will blog about her work, including her new book Keeping the World in Mind, beginning December 4.
- Matthew Fulkerson will blog about his work, including his new book The First Sense, hopefully in January.
- Brie Gertler will blog about her work in February.
- And our next Mind & Language symposium, on Aaron Norby’s forthcoming paper “Uncertainty Without All the Doubt” with commentaries so far from Keith Frankish, Jennifer Nagel, and Nicholas Smith, will begin around February 15.
I wanted to thank readers for reading, commenters for commenting, and Kristina Musholt for inviting me to be a guest blogger. Three cheers for Brains!
The discussions here gave me a chance to think out loud about some questions that are dangling from a book manuscript I’m circulating. It’s called *The Rationality of Perception*. Among other things I defend the idea that perception can result from epistemically evaluable inferences. A big chunk of it is devoted to exploring what sorts of inferences those would be, since they won’t be the kind we engage in when we deliberate explicitly. Comments on the manuscript are very welcome – large or small. Email me if you want a copy.
I’ll be blogging soon at PhilosopHer on related issues about evaluative perception.