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  • International Workshop: Are Persons More than Social Objects? The Emergence of Persons : Nature and Society, Milan, 28-29 May 2007
  • Body, Agency, and Intersubjectivity. Philosophisches Seminar. Ruhr-UniversitŠt Bochum, Germany (12-14 March 2007)

  • Social cognition, emotions, and self-consciousness. Conference. Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg/Hanse Institute for Advanced Study. Delmenhorst, Germany (8-10 March 2007)

  • Phenomenology and cognitive science. 12th Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter. Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2-4 January 2007).

  • Embodied and Situated Cognition: From Phenomenology to Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. Polish Society of Cognitive Science. Poland (16-18 November 2006)

  • San Marino Debate on Consciousness (Chris Frith vs Christof Koch). San Marino (October 2006)

  • Exploring the boundaries of experience and self. Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section, British Psychological Society. St. Anne's College, Oxford, (15-17 September 2006)

  • Workshop on Embodiment and Personhood. University of Jyvaskyla, Finland (14 September 2006).

  • Situated Cognition: Perspectives from Phenomenology and Science, Durham University, UK ( 18th - 20th August 2006)

  • Language, Culture, and Mind Conference. CREA. Paris (17-20 July 2006).

  • Conference: The Extended Mind 2. The University of Hertfordshire (10-12 July 2006)

  • Philosophy, Psychiatry and the Neurosciences, 9th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology University of Leiden, The Netherlands (June 28 - July 1 2006).

  • Phenomenological approaches to Moral Philosophy and Education. With Hubert Dreyfus, Shaun Gallagher and Sean Kelly. Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, University of Oslo (June 6-8, 2006).

  • Philosophical issues in psychiatry: Natural kinds, mental taxonomy and the nature of reality. University of Copenhagen (25-26 May 2006).

  • First-Person Study of Consciousness: Shared Foundations and Moral Dimensions. Center for Creative Inquiry. San Francisco (March 31-April 2, 2006).

  • Fondements cognitifs  de l’interaction avec autrui. Collge de France, Paris. (February-March 2006).

  • Broken Minds/Broken Bodies: What cognitive science can learn from neuro- psycho-pathologies. University of Central Florida (February 2006)

  • ESPRA Experience Subjective Pre Reflexive et Action. CREA, Paris (December 2005)a
  • Merleau-Ponty Circle Meeting: The child and the animal. University of Oregon (October 2005).
  • Towards a Science of Conscioiusness: Methodological and Conceptual Issues. Copenhagen (August 2005).
  • Narrative and Understanding Persons. University of Hertfordshire (July 2005).
  • Consciousness, Self-Consciousness and Cultural Identity. Calcutta, India (July 2005).
  • Resonating Systems, Empathy, Intersubjectivity. Ateliers College de France - Ecole Normale Superiure. Paris (March & June 2005)
  • Cognition, Incarnation, Situation, Seminaire d'epistemologie des sciences cognitives, Ecole Normale Superiure, Lyon (2004-05).
  • Phenomenology, Intersubjectivity, and Theory of Mind. University of Central Florida, Orlando (January 2005).

  • Conference on Phantom Limb Phenomena (January 2005).

  • Conference: Individuating the Senses. University of Glasgow (December 04)

  • Conference: Time and Existence. Center for Subjectivity, University of Copenhagen (December 2004).

  • De l'Autopoise ˆ la NeurophŽnomŽnologie -- From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology: A Tribute to Francisco Varela. AmphithŽ‰tre Richelieu, UniversitŽ PanthŽon-Sorbonne. Paris. (Juin 18-20, 2004).

  • The Embodied Mind. Conference and Ph.D. Seminar. Danish National Research Foundation Center for Subjectivity Research (June 2004).

    Postdoc position available: Aspects of consciousness (phenomenal consciousness, self-consciousness) and their neuronal correlates. Centre de recherche en ŽpistŽmologie appliquŽe (CREA), Paris. Contact : Jean PETITOT, Telephone: +33 (0)1 55 55 86 23, petitot@poly.polytechnique.fr


  • Consciousness - Empirical Findings and Philosophical Interpretations. Danish Society for Philosophy and Psychology. University of Copenhagen (May 14-15, 2004).

  • NNCS-3 Methodological Issues in the Study of Consciousness Aarhus, Denmark (May 2004).

  • The Brain and its self. Washington University, St. Louis (April 2004).

  • Seminars at the Collge International de Philosophie, Paris -- Psychologie et phŽnomŽnologie. Exploration de l'expŽrience et pratique de la description phŽnomŽnologique (VI); and Atelier de lecture expŽrientielle (V) : les textes sur l'intersubjectivitŽ (1905-1937) d'Edmund Husserl

  • 14th Inter-University Workshop on Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Universidad de Murcia (Spain, March 2004).

  • Winter Symposium on Cognition and Phenomenology Center for Semiotics, University of Aarhus. (January 29 - 31, 2004)

  • CFP: Evolutionary Psychology and the Central Problems of Cogntitive Science

  • IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY: Philosophical/Philological Reflections. (Madrid, October 2003)

  • The Self Inside-Out (Le Soi dan tous ses Žtats) (Montreal, September 2003)
  • Call for papers: Intersubjectivity and embodiment: Perspectives from Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (Leuven, Belgium, September 2003).

  • Between phenomenology and neuroscience: Towards a Science of Consciousness (Prague, July 2003).

  • The AHRB Project on Innateness and the Structure of the Mind Conference (Sheffield, July 03).

  • Constructivism, Phenomenology and Brain Imaging 8th International Congress on Constructivism and Psychotherapy (Bari, Italy, June 2003)

  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Self-consciousness, (Graduate School of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen May 5.-7., 2003).

  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness-7. (Memphis, May 2003).

  • The Philosophy of John Searle (Buffalo, April 2003)

  • Body image and body schema: (Neuro)phenomenological, (neuro)psychoanalytic, and neuroscientific perspectives. (Ghent, Belgium, 30 March-1 April 2003)

  • Cognitive Science: The State of the Art, Brain and Cognition Research Group (Nottingham, January 03).

  • Movement, action and consciousness : toward a physiology of intentionality. A symposium in honor of Marc Jeannerod Institute for Cognitive Sciences (Lyon, September, 2002)
  • The Self: From Soul to Brain: New York Academy of Science Conference (New York, September 2002).
  • Emotions Inside Out: 130 Years after Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals: New York Academy of Science Conference (New York, November 2002).
  • APCS meeting: Imagination in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences(London, July 2002)
  • Society for European Philosophy:Annual Conference 2002 (Cork, Ireland)
  • European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (Lyon, July 2002)
  • The Embodied Mind and Consciousness (The Piaget Society - June 2002)
  • Self and Consciousness: Roots of Humanity? (April 2002) - Rutgers University.
  • Intentionality: Past and Future -- conference in Hungary, June 2002.
  • Brain and Cognition Seminar (Aarhus) February 2002
  • Practice of Body and Sport One-day Conference, Aarhus University. February 2002
  • The dynamical approach to cognition: phenomenality and phenomenology(Paris, 18 December 2001)
  • October 01: Conference in Honor of Francisco Varela
  • Dan Dennett's Nicod Lectures (November, Paris)
  • New Journal and Call for Papers
  • New Publication: Phenomenology and Medicine
  • PCS Association and Upcoming Meetings
  • Husserl Conference (Kšln)
  • Husserl's Logical Investigations Conference (Montreal)
  • Hierarchies of Representation Conference (Bolzano)
  • The Monist: Call for Papers
  • BSP meeting at Oxford
  • Phenomenology and Cognition in Paris
  • Special Issue: Self and Other
  • Anglophone and European Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of the Body (U. of Reading)
  • Philosophy of Neuroscience (Paris, 2000)
    CALL FOR PAPERS
    EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND THE CENTRAL PROBLEMS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE (Ed. David Smith)
    Theoria et Historia Scientiarum

    Call for submissions for a special issue of the journal Theoria et Historia Scientiarum on cognitive science and the central problems of evolutionary biology. I am particularly interested in receiving papers addressing how evolutionary thinking can help cognitive science, broadly construed, to overcome fundamental theoretical problems. Pertinent issues and areas include the nature of consciousness, neurocomputational architectures, innateness, semantics, and social cognition, to name but a few. Theoria et Historia Scientiarum is an international scientific journal for interdisciplinary studies published by Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Topics of recent special issues have included: Metaphor: A Multidisciplinary Approach ; On Knowledge, Representations and Interpretations: From Quanta to Cultures ; Analogy ; Embodiment and Awareness: Perspectives from Phenomenology and Cognitive Science ; Conceptualization and Categorization in Language and Thought * Signs, Minds and Cognitions.

    September 1, 2004 is the final deadline for papers to be included in issue on Evolutionary Biology and the Central Problems of Cognitive Science. Please initially send me a brief outline of the projected paper at dsmith06@maine.rr.com


    Winter symposium, Center for Semiotics, Aarhus University
    January 29. - 31. 2004

    Cognition and phenomenology. Philosophical implications of - and preconditions for - the study of meaning.

    The precondition for studying meaning is the threefold supposition that meaning as such ('sense') exists, that it exists as part of human reality and is accessible to scientific study. Though not a commonplace assumption, it is nevertheless made in the practice of the cognitive sciences and within the traditional disciplines of semiotic research. Despite its practical application within the humanistic sciences, finding a philosophical mode to account for meaning, or anything that can be described in equivalent terms, as a realm of reality, remains an overwhelming problem in the current epistemological debate. Phenomenology has naturally been the privileged philosophical and methodological background researchers have offered as their reference. Through its century-long history, however, it has rarely been technically engaged in examining those forms of meaning that are not displayed in the immediacy of presence, but rather rely on signification, linguistic communication, empathy, cultural exchanges and social practices, or on forms that have to do with affective states. It is far from clear how classical phenomenology would conceive of contemporary cognitive and semiotic analyses and theories, nor what its contemporary descendents make of them. It is equally unclear how the cognitive sciences and the field of semiotics view their own philosophical ground - the ontology and methodology of their research. These questions call for an effort to clarify and sort out the philosophical foundation of the study of meaning. Such a foundation could give direction to future research projects or areas of inquiry, and adversely, or additionally, it could restrict the realm of research, perhaps even dramatically so. Whether to bring further encouragement or restriction, the effort pertains to consciousness studies, neuroscience, the study of human imagination, studies of religion, ethnic passions, the relation between cognition and communication, etc. What kinds of philosophical realism are compatible with a scientific exploration of meaning?

    The symposium poses this question to some of the most prominent contemporary thinkers and invites everyone to engage in a debate which will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

    PROGRAMME

    Thursday, January 29

    09.30-10.30: Tim Adamson, Iowa Wesleyan College
    11.00-12.00: Steven Ravett Brown, Berkeley
    12.00-13.00: Lunch
    13.00-14.00: Per Aage Brandt, Center for Semiotik: Spinoza's Error
    14.30-15.30: Svend ¯stergaard, Center for Semiotik
    16.00-17.00: Wolfgang Wildgen, Bremen

    Friday, January 30

    09.30-10.30: Andreas Roepstorff, CFIN: Cellular Neurosemiotics
    11.00-12.00: Shaun Gallagher, Orlando: Embodiment and the meaning of other bodies.
    12.00-13.00: Lunch
    13.00-14.00: Mark Johnson, Eugene, Oregon: Image Schema Skeletons in Search of Some Flesh and Blood
    14.30-15.30: Poul LŸbcke, KUA: The Concept of Meaning by Frege, Husserl and Heidegger
    16.00-17.00: Peer BundgŒrd, Paris: How phenomenology did anticipate cognitive linguistics-a couple of examples

    Saturday, January 31

    10.00-11-00: Jean Petitot, Paris
    11.00-13.00: Debate, Conclusions

    Inscription can be entered by letter, telephone, fax or e-mail, before January 20, 2004. As the number of participants is limited to 50, we kindly ask you to signify your interest as soon as possible.

    Fee: dkr. 500. Students dkr. 300. The fee includes lunch, coffee, materials etc. Please send the fee to:
    Aarhus University, Den Danske Bank, accountno.: 3627 4809 97 37 00.
    Put your name on AND refer to: 10 2190 50 1130 04 (our accountno.) not later than January 20, 2004.

    The Symposium will take place at the Center for Semiotics, Niels Juels Gade 84, DK-8200 Aarhus N

    PHONE (+45) 89 42 54 99
    FAX (+45) 89 42 54 88
    E-MAIL semtina@hum.au.dk
    INTERNET
    www.hum.au.dk/semiotics



    ATELIER PHENOMENOLOGIE ET COGNITION (2001-2002)

    APPROCHE DYNAMIQUE DE LA COGNITION: PHENOMENALITE ET PHENOMENOLOGIE

    / DYNAMICAL APPROACH TO COGNITION: PHENOMENALITY AND PHENOMENOLOGY

    Journee 2 / Seminar 2:
    Mardi 18 Decembre / Tuesday December 18th

    AmphithŽ‰tre de l'EHESS
    105 Bld. Raspail
    Paris 75006

    10h-12h30:
    WILLIAM BECHTEL, (Washington University, Saint Louis, USA)
    "Mechanism, Dynamics, and Visual Experience"

    The mechanistic program of decomposing and localizing functions has proven very successful in discovering the basic structure of the mechanisms underlying vision. Neuroscientists have discovered a hierarchy of brain areas, each of which processes different components of visual input. The strategy of developing such mechanistic models relies in part on what McCauley and I refer to as the heuristic identity theory:brain areas are identified with specific functional processes on the basis of suggestive preliminary evidence. If an hypothesized identity proves fruitful in directing further research, the identity claim becomes incorporated into the foundations of the science and does not have to be independently justified. This suggests that insofar as we want to understand visual experience the strategy ought to involve tentatively identifying an area in the brain in which what is processed corresponds to features of the world of which we are visually aware. Once plausible tentative proposals are advanced one can convert Leibniz's law into a discovery tool to expand both our knowledge of neural processing and the characteristics of visual experience. I will discuss a number of pieces of evidence, such as that stemming from visual agnosia, that support Jesse Prinz's hypothesis that processing in extrastriate cortex is the locus of visual experience. The identification of brain areas with functional roles is just a first step in understanding brain processes. The visual system is a complex integrated system with feedback and collateral processing as well as feedforward. Understanding the interactive processing in this system requires a richer set of tools than have been brought to bear so far. Dynamical systems theory offers such tools, and I will end with suggestions about how a dynamical perspective might be brought to bear in understanding extrastriate visual processing.

    RŽpondant: DANIEL ANDLER (UniversitŽ Paris-IV / Centre Cavaills)

    15h-17h30:
    JEAN PETITOT (EHESS, CREA)
    NEURODYNAMICS AND THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF PERCEPTION

    Dynamical conceptions of cognition are now widely accepted and, reinforced by many experimental key results of cognitive neurosciences, have even superseded in many cases more classical symbolic ones. One of the main criticism raised against them concerned their supposed inability to deal correctly with constituency and constituent structures. Taking the example of the morphodynamical structures of perception we will show that this criticism is essentially unjustified.

    RŽpondant: JACQUES DROULEZ (LPPA, Collge de France)

    Contact: roy@heraclite.ens.fr


    New Journal: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

    Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Volume 1 scheduled for publication in 2002.

    Co-Editors:

    Natalie Depraz
    (Philosophy, University of Paris, Sorbonne)
    and
    Shaun Gallagher
    (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Canisius College)

    Papers (preferably in electronic format) should be submitted to

    Shaun Gallagher
    Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science
    Canisius College
    Buffalo, NY 14208
    USA

    gallaghr@canisius.edu

    More information at the Journal Website


    Association for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

    On October 1, 2000, a new, international association was formed for purposes of organizing colloquia and larger conferences devoted to themes that explore the intersection of phenomenology and the cognitive sciences.

    Recent and upcoming meetings and workshops

    Board of Advisors

    Evan Thompson, Co-director (York University)
    Dan Zahavi, Co-director (University of Copenhagen)
    Yoko Arisaka (University of San Francisco)
    Jonathan Cole (Southampton University)
    Natalie Depraz (University of Paris - Sorbonne)
    Shaun Gallagher (Canisius College)
    Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University)
    Eduard Marbach (University of Bern)
    Alva No‘ (University of California, Santa Cruz)
    Josef Parnas (University of Copenhagen)
    Jean Petitot (CREA, Paris)
    S. Kay Toombs (Baylor University)
    Francisco Varela (LENA-Neurosciences Cognitives, Paris)

    For further information contact Shaun Gallagher


    Husserl Arbeitstage 2001:
    PhŠnomenologische Erkenntnis- und SubjektivitŠtstheorie
    26-27. Oktober 2001
    UniversitŠt zu Kšln

    Program:

    Freitag, 26.10.

    Neuer Senatssaal
    9.00 - 9.15 Uhr Begr٤ung
    Moderation: Prof. Dr. Klaus E. Kaehler
    9.15 - 10.15 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. William R. McKenna (Oxford/USA): The Constitutive Effects of the Awareness of Others
    10.15 - 11.15 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Dan Zahavi (Kopenhagen): Another Look at Husserl's Theory of Time-consciousness
    11.30 - 12.30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Ullrich Melle (Leuven): Husserls personalistische Ethik
    Mittagspause
    Raum 4.016 Moderation: Dr. Henning Peucker
    14.30 - 15.30 Uhr
    Dorothea Wildenburg (Marburg): Menschenbeobachtungen versus DenkkŸnsteleien. Husserl und Fichte
    15.30 - 16.30 Uhr
    Dr. Sebastian Luft (Leuven): Husserls Konzept der transzendentalen Person
    16.30 - 17.30 Uhr
    Shigeru Taguchi (Tokyo/Wuppertal): Individuation und Ich-Gemeinschaft.
    Zum Problem der Vielheit der ichlichen Individuen bei Husserl

    Neuer Senatssaal Moderation: Siegfried Rombach
    14.30 - 15.30 Uhr
    Dr. Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl (Graz): Praxis der SubjektivitŠt. Zum VerhŠltnis
    von TranszendentalphŠnomenologie und Hermeneutik
    15.30 - 16.30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. James Dodd (Boston): IdealitŠt, Echtheit und Methode bei Husserl
    16.30 - 17.30 Uhr
    Michael Weiler (Leuven/Kšln): "Verantwortung fŸr das wahre Sein der Menschheit". Wissenschaftskritik als Kulturkritik in Husserls Texten zu "Natur und Geist"
    Zwischenpause
    18.30 s.t.
    Prof. Dr. Walter Biemel (Aachen): Die GrŸndung des Kšlner Husserl-Archivs. Die Bedeutung eines Traums
    Im Anschlu§ an den Abendvortrag sind alle Tagungsteilnehmer herzlich zu einem Empfang im DozentencafŽ eingeladen.

    Samstag, 27.10.

    Raum 4.016 Moderation: Prof. Dr. Paul Janssen
    9.30 - 10.30 Uhr
    Siegfried Rombach (Freiburg/Kšln): Meinen als Verzeitlichen. Von den Gegenstandstypen zu den Seinsarten
    10.30 - 11.30 Uhr
    Dr. Paolo VolontŽ (Mailand) Der innere Zeitflu§ als rein noematischer Inhalt
    11.45 - 12.45 Uhr
    Prof. Tetsuya Sakakibara (Kyoto): Reflexion auf die lebendige Gegenwart und das Urbewu§tsein bei Husserl

    Neuer Senatssaal Moderation: PD Dr. Dieter Lohmar
    9.30 - 10.30 Uhr
    Lina Rizzoli (Mailand): Referenz und Syntax
    10.30 - 11.30 Uhr
    Dr. Holger Maa§ (Leipzig): Verifikation und Explikation. Eine Zweideutigkeit in Husserls Begriff der kategorialen Anschauung
    11.45 - 12.45 Uhr
    Thane Naberhaus (Washington): Das Problem gegenstandsloser Vorstellungen und die phŠnomenologische Reduktion
    Mittagspause
    Raum 4.016 Moderation: Michael Weiler
    14.30 - 15.30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer (Pittsburgh): VergegenwŠrtigung der Anderen: Ist das der einzige Weg zur IntersubjektivitŠt bei Husserl?
    15.30 - 16.30 Uhr
    Dr. Christian Lotz (Marburg/Atlanta): Der Doktor und das liebe Vieh. Husserl und das Problem der Tiere

    Neuer Senatssaal Moderation: Prof. Dr. Klaus DŸsing
    14.30 - 15.30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Natalie Depraz (Paris): Das Ethos der Aufmerksamkeit. Zuwendung, †bung und plurale Achtung (Husserl, Stumpf, James)
    15.30 - 16.30 Uhr
    Dr. Henning Peucker (Kšln): Sittlichkeit und Sinnlichkeit. Husserls Kritik an der kantischen Ethik
    16.30 - 17.30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. L‡szl— Tengelyi (Wuppertal): Der Erfahrungssinn der Wirklichkeit


    Weitere Informationen / Further Informations:

    Husserl Archiv
    UniversitŠt zu Kšln
    Albertus-Magnus Platz
    50935 Kšln
    Tel.: 0221/470-2367
    FAX: 0221/470-5040
    e-mail: Husserl-Archiv@Uni-Koeln.de
    PD Dr. D. Lohmar
    Dr. H. Peucker


    Les Recherches logiques d'Edmund Husserl 1901-2001

    Origines et Postérité de la Phénoménologie
    Edmund Husserl's Logical Investigations 1901-2001
    Origins and Posterity Of Phenomenology

    Colloque international commémorant le centenaire des Recherches Logiques d'Edmund Husserl
    organisé par l'Université du Québec à Montréal
    28, 29 et 30 mai 2001
    Horaire, informations, contact et liens:
    Schedule, informations, contact & links:

    http://www.philo.uqam.ca/husserl

    BISCA Hierarchies of Representation Conference

    10 to 15 September 2001
    Bolzano, Italy
    Organized by: Mitteleuropa Foundation

    One of the starting-points of mainstream contemporary cognitive science is the assumption that knowledge essentially consists of the manipulation of inner representations. BISCA 2001 will address fundamental questions regarding the nature of such representation. E-mail enquiries: liliana.albertazzi@soc.unitn.it Website: http://www.soc.unitn.it/dsrs/IMC/IMC.htm


    The Monist: Call for Papers

    Self-Consciousness Vol. 87: 2 April 2004

    Deadline for submissions: April 31, 2003
    Advisory Editor: JosŽ Luis Bermœdez (Stirling)
    jb10@forth.stir.ac.uk

    We are conscious of ourselves in a distinctively first-personal way. What is the source of this distinctive type of self-consciousness? Is it grounded in a particular type of awareness of an object that is the self? If so, is this awareness best viewed as a form of inner perception or as a matter of propositional attitudes? Is it conceptual or non-conceptual? Is it unique to language-using humans or can it be found more widely in the animal kingdom? Contributions are solicited on these and related topics, including: the relation between self-consciousness and mastery of the first-person pronoun; comparisons between the different sources of self-consciousness (memory, introspection, proprioception etc); the relation between theories of self-consciousness and theories of consciousness; the functional role of self-consciousness; the significance of sources of self-specifying information with certain formal properties such as immunity to error through misidentification or representation-independence.

    Personal Identity Vol. 87:4 October 2004

    Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2003.
    Advisory Editors: Dean Zimmerman dwzimmer@syr.edu and Tamar Gendler (Syracuse University)

    For the last three centuries, discussions of personal identity have taken a familiar form: both the basic space of positions (physical vs. psychological continuity) and the basic methodology (consideration of imaginary cases) can be traced back to Locke. But while ingenious arguments continue to be offered and refuted, the ground-level debate seems to the non-connoisseur to have reached something of a stalemate.

    In response to this apparent deadlock, attention has turned to questions of methodology. Some have criticized the "method of cases" ö i.e., reliance upon our intuitions about personal identity in hypothetical cases as the primary test of proposed necessary and sufficient conditions for a person's persistence over time. They hold that this method is unsuitable for developing a positive theory of personal identity. Others have come to the method's defense, in more or less limited ways. Some have suggested that questions about personal identity are intertwined with issues in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science. Others insist that such topics are irrelevant to a problem they see as purely metaphysical.

    This issue of The Monist will be devoted to discussions of the problem of personal identity ö that is, to discussions of the question of how the question ought properly to be approached. Authors need not remain agnostic on first-order questions about personal identity, but the primary focus of papers should be methodological. Contributors will include John Campbell, Carol Rovane, and Sydney Shoemaker.


    British Society for Phenomenology

    Theme: Phenomenology and the New Sciences
    Dates: 6-8 April 2001
    Place: St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, England

    Presentations to include:

  • Alan Murray (Middlesex University): A phenomenologist on Mars: Philosophy and neuropathology
  • Noel Curran (Manchester): Algebra as the science of pure time
  • Shaun Gallgher (Canisius College): Time-consciousness: Lessons for psychopathology
  • Francisco Varela: Radical embodiment: A phenomenological critique of the current notion of neural correlates of consciousness
  • Matthew Ratcliffe (University College Cork): Heidegger's "What is Metaphysics?" and the neuropsychology of emotion
  • Rudolf Bernet: Drive and subjectivity

    More information? Contact: Elena Zanger. elzanger@putney.netkonect.co.uk


  • The Phenomenology and Cognition Workshop (Paris, France) has organized four one-day seminars in 2000-2001, with the support of the RŽseau de Sciences Cognitives d'Ile-de-France. Participants include Michel Bitbol, David Chalmers, Natalie Depraz, Owen Flanagan, Shaun Gallagher, Jean-Franois Lavigne, Thomas Metzinger, E. Pacherie, Bernard Pachoud, Jean Luc Petit, Jean Petitot, Peter Reynaert, Jean-Michel Roy, Francisco Varela, Pierre Vermesch

    PROGRAMME : 2000-2001



    Arobase: Journal des lettres et sciences humaines
    Vol. 4, Nos. 1-2 (2000), a special issue on self and others (Ipseity and Alterity).

    Call For Papers

    The Forum for European Philosophy and the University of London School of Advanced Study are calling for papers by graduate students to be presented at their conference "Being-in-London: Anglophone and European Philosophy of Mind" on 16 March 2001.

    The conference is concerned with promoting recent work on the philosophy of mind that draws on both the anglophone and the European traditions of philosophy as well as providing a forum for graduates and academics working in this area to meet one another.

    Papers should be around 20-25 minutes presentation time (3000-3500 words) and focus on areas of cross-fertilisation between twentieth century anglophone philosophy of mind, and related work on meaning and metaphysics, and the European traditions of phenomenology, psychoanalysis, semiotics, and hermeneutics.

    Deadline for receipt of submissions is 1 December 2000.

    Submissions should be made by post (envelope marked Being-in-London) to:

    Charlotte Savery - Administrator
    Forum for European Philosophy
    Room J101
    European Institute
    London School of Economics
    Houghton Street
    LONDON WC2A 2AE

    Any queries, contact: jonathan.webber@ucl.ac.uk


    The University of Reading

    The Philosophy of Body

    Saturday 28th April 2001

    Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Letters & Social Sciences

    9 -9.30 Registration and coffee
    9.30 - 11 Merleau-Ponty on the body (Sean Kelly) and discussion
    11 - 11.30 Refreshment break
    11.30 - 1 Gender/Body/Machine (Alison Adam) and discussion
    1 - 2.15 Lunch
    2.15 - 3.45 Title TBA (Quassim Cassam) and discussion
    3.45 - 4.15 Refreshment break
    4.15 - 5.45 Samuel Todes on the Philosophy of Body (Hubert Dreyfus) and discussion
    5.45 - 6.30 Reception (sponsored by Blackwell Publishers)

    Conference Dinner

    The full registration fee is £30, which includes refreshments and lunch. There will be some student bursaries at £12 and full registration, to include the Conference dinner, is £50. Please register as early as possible. Make cheques payable to ãThe University of Readingä, and send them to: Jean Britland, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AA. Enquiries via e-mail to j.a.britland@reading.ac.uk

    This conference is supported by The Forum for European Philosophy, The Mind Association and Blackwell Publishers. The papers given at this Conference, plus some additional invited papers, will be published as a special edition of Ratio by Blackwells in 2002.

    The aim of the Conference

    There has been increasing philosophical interest within Anglophone philosophy in the last few years in the body, and it seems likely that this interest will continue to increase, if not explode, over the next decade. It seems that there are several contributing causes. The first arises from an interest in what distinguishes human beings from computers. A second cause has been the continuing rapprochement between so-called analytic and continental philosophy. In continental philosophy, specially within the work of the phenomenologists and in Merleau-Ponty in particular, there has been a concern with embodiedness, from which analytic philosophers are gradually realising they have something to learn. A third cause has been the development of feminist philosophy within the last 40 years, in which embodiedness, to begin with especially sex and gender, but later much more generally, has played a central, indeed, defining, role.

    The conference is primarily aimed at philosophers working within the Anglophone tradition, with the goal of discovering what might be learnt from the work of philosophers who have worked, or drawn upon, the phenomenological tradition, and, in particular, from the work of Merleau-Ponty. There has recently been a growing interest among Anglophone philosophers in the work of Merleau-Ponty. The speakers at the conference reflect the various strands which have led to the current philosophical interest in the body. Quassim Cassam, whose work on the Self in the tradition of Peter Strawson, draws upon Merleau-Ponty in his latest book. Sean Kelly, from Princeton, has research interests which centre around the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific aspects of perception. The philosophers most important to his project are Merleau-Ponty and the Oxford philosopher Gareth Evans. Kelly will be giving a paper on Merleau-Ponty on the bodyâ. Alison Adam, from the Information Systems Institute at the University of Salford, is the author of the recent Routledge book Artificial Knowing: Gender and the Thinking Machine. She will be speaking at the Conference on connections between issues in AI and the human body and gender. Our main speaker is Hubert Dreyfus of Berkeley. His paper for the conference will be on the contemporary philosopher, Samuel Todes, (Northwestern University) whose pioneer work on the Philosophy of Body draws fruitfully drawn upon phenomenological understanding.

    The Ratio Conference for April 2001 thus continues the theme of some previous Ratio conferences of the ways in which the analytic tradition can learn from philosophical work in other traditions, and of the development of a convergence of interests which may have been masked by the more entrenched attitudes of the last few decades.

    Michael Proudfoot
    Conference Organiser


    Workshop: Philosophy of Neuroscience (Paris, 2000)

    Intentionnalité de l’action & plasticité du schéma corporel

    CollÈge de France

    (Bât. de Physique, 1er étage/G, salle 1)

    20 Décembre 2000

    9h - 18h

    Sous la direction de

    Alain BERTHOZ

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    Jean-Luc PETIT

    La spatialité originaire du corps propre:

    phénoménologie et neurosciences

    Jean-Pierre ROLL

    Rôle fondateur de la sensibilité proprioceptive

    Jean FRERE

    L’action chez Aristote

    Agnès ROBY-BRAMI

    Plasticité du comportement moteur chez les cérébro-lésés

    Christian XERRI

    La plasticité des cartes corticales somato-sensorielles

    Christopher MACANN

    Être ou ne pas être son corps propre : voilà la question!

    Pierre Paul VIDAL

    Le schéma corporel, bases biomécaniques et neurophysiologiques

    Ève BERGER et Didier AUSTRY

    Le développement de la plasticité perceptive

    ABSTRACTS

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