Another discussion hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas, featuring Simon Saunders, Mark Rowlands, and Hannah Dawson:
The following articles by Brains contributors were added to PhilPapers in February. Please let me know of any errors or omissions. – JS
Berit Brogaard (forthcoming). An Empirically-Informed Cognitive Theory of Propositions. Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
Thomas Nadelhoffer, Jason Shepard, Eddy Nahmias, Chandra Sripada & Lisa Ross (2014). The Free Will Inventory: Measuring Beliefs About Agency and Responsibility. Consciousness and Cognition 25:27-41.
Marcus Arvan (forthcoming). First Steps Toward a Nonideal Theory of Justice. Ethics and Global Politics.
Miguel Ángel Sebastián. Dreams: an empirical way to settle the discussion between cognitive and non-cognitive theories of consciousness. Synthese 191 (2):263-285.
As part of this year’s Australasian Association of Philosophy meeting (6th-11th July, Australian National University) The Australasian Society for Cognitive Science will be coordinating a stream Advances in Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences and Psychology.
In recent decades philosophers taking a rigorously naturalistic approach to the mind (broadly treating minds as natural phenomena open to empirical investigation) have made considerable advances in our understanding of phenomena such as consciousness, memory, delusions and mental representation to name just a few. This stream aims to showcase the newest work in this area. It is my pleasure to invite contributions studying any and all aspects of the mind and related phenomena grounded in empirical discoveries.
Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted via the conference website: http://www.aap-conferences.org.au/ when submitting be sure to select the option indicating you are submitting for this stream.
abstract submissions are now open: http://www.aap-conferences.org.au/aap2014-submit-abstract/
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the stream (firstname.lastname@example.org). General enquiries about the conference not related to this stream should be directed to email@example.com
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Most philosophers who have studied consciousness know that the word derives from Latin, and that the modern usage can be traced to John Locke. But there is an interesting aspect of the etymology that is not so widely known, and I think is worth understanding—it tells us that the sense of paradox that many people feel when thinking about consciousness, the sense of what Douglas Hofstadter calls a “strange loop”, can be traced all the way back to its Latin and Greek origins. Continue Reading →
“Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more.” — Martin Luther
“[M]en believe themselves free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.” ― Baruch Spinoza
We have an intuitive sense of ourselves as free agents, capable of effectively controlling ourselves and altering the external world. We typically view ourselves as the cause of our actions, our thoughts, and our decisions. Yet, what reasons do we have to believe that we are free, or that at any moment we have the capacity to be free? The more we learn from physics, neurosciences, biology, medicine and psychology about how we and the world operate, the more it seems there is no room for a genuinely free will. Continue Reading →
At the University of Mississippi, April 27-30. Details at https://sites.google.com/site/olemissconsciousnessconference/.
Early Career Scholars Conference in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Overcoming Mind-Brain Dualism in 21st Century Medicine
21-22, November 2014
Center for Philosophy of Science, 817 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA 15260
Summary: The goal of this conference is to address the crisis in psychiatric research and treatment by exploring the ways in which the mind-brain dualism can be overcome in contemporary psychiatry.
We invite the submission of extended abstracts by early career scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and untenured faculty) for individual paper presentations (limit 30 minutes). Submissions should include a 1,000 word abstract, a 1-2 page CV, and should be in .doc/.docx or .pdf format via email.
- Deadline: May 5, 2014
- Notification By: July 7, 2014
- Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions and comments, contact Serife Tekin, email@example.com
- Conference website
As part of its fall open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology. The submission window is February 3 to April 1, 2014. Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus. To submit an online funding inquiry, please visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/our-grantmaking-process.
Please note that the Templeton Foundation does not normally provide dissertation fellowships through this open submission process. For more information on the kinds of projects that the Foundation can support, visithttp://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas/science-and-the-big-questions.
A list of Foundation grants in the areas of philosophy and theology can be found here: http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/grant-search/results/taxonomy%3A5”
From the APA’s site:
The Sanders Book Prize will be awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five year period. For the 2014 prize, eligible books must bear a copyright imprint of 2008 through 2013. All nominated authors must be members of the APA. (If a book is co-authored, both authors must be APA members.)
To be considered for the prize, a book must be nominated by a member of the APA other than the author. A member may nominate only one book. Nominations need only identify the author, title, publisher, and publication date. The APA will contact nominated authors for assurances of eligibility and to secure copies of the nominated book. …
The winner of the award will receive $7,000 and be presented with the award at the Eastern Division meeting of the association. Co-authors of a winning submission will share equally in the prize.
Nominations for the 2014 prize are due February 28, 2014.