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CFP: Perspectives on the First Person

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


CFA: Language at the Interface

Call for Abstracts: Language at the Interface

Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, April 24-26, 2015


Peter Carruthers (Maryland)
Wolfram Hinzen (Barcelona/Durham)
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS/NYU)
Anna Papafragou (Delaware)

Conference Overview

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


New OA journal: Neuroscience of Consciousness

It’s published by Oxford, sponsored by the ASSCedited by Anil Seth, Biyu Jade He, and Jakob Hohwy, and open for submissions in January 2015. Oh, and it’s open access.

From the publisher’s description:

coverNeuroscience 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)


Upcoming events at the Brains blog

Posting at Brains will be predictably quiet during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but we do have some excellent content on the calendar, including:

Thanks everyone for reading, and be sure to follow the Brains blog on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all our ongoing events.


Signing off

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.

Thanks again!



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