CFA: Philosophy and Psychology Workshops, Durham, UK
- Workshop Announcement and Call for Extended Abstracts (Graduate Sessions)
Philosophy and Psychology: Integrating Research Across Disciplines
University of Durham, 27/28th May 2013; 13/14th June 2013
We invite submissions from graduate students/post-doctoral researchers for papers to be presented at two workshops aimed at bringing together research from across discipline boundaries.
Workshop 1: Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language (27-28th May 2013) Keynote Speaker: Susan Carey
Workshop 2: Attention and Consciousness (13-14th June 2013) Keynote Speaker: Ned Block
(More information on each workshop below)
Abstracts for submission for either workshop should be no more than 750 words (exc. Bibliography), prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover page including name, address, contact information, current institution, publications, and current position. Abstracts should be suited for a presentation of no longer than 25 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, PDF or similar.
Please e-mail submissions to j.t.m.miller@.... We hope to have at least three slots per workshop for graduate speakers.
Deadline for submissions: 4th March 2013.
Applicants will be notified of whether their papers have been accepted or not by the end of March.
Some funding for graduate speakers to help cover travel and accommodation costs may be available (with thanks to the Analysis Trust). All accepted speakers will be considered for funding.
This event takes place with thanks to the following funding bodies: The Mind Association, The Analysis Trust, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science, The Centre for Academic Researcher Development (Durham), The Institute for Advanced Study (Durham) and the philosophy and psychology departments of Durham University.
Workshop 1: Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language (27-28th May 2013)
Speakers: Susan Carey (Harvard), Maggie McGonigle (Edinburgh), Wolfram Hinzen (Durham)
Historically, issues concerning concept acquisition have focused around the nativism/empiricism debate. The central concern was to give an account of how new concepts are formed, and what influence the external world has on such processes (if any). More recently however, a trend in the literature has focused on the way that the nature of concepts might change throughout development. Questions emerge as to how the cognitive abilities in animals and human infant cognition relate to the later developing complex conceptual capacities of adults.
This workshop looks to assess the recent literature on these questions with particular focus on the role of language acquisition in the developmental process. We look to investigate these issues with an interdisciplinary approach, utilising research in linguistics, psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, comparative cognition, and other related fields.
Workshop 2: Attention and Consciousness (13-14th June 2013)
Speakers: Ned Block (NYU), Bob Kentridge (Durham), Catherine Tallon-Baudry (UPMC), James Stazicker (Reading).
Whilst consciousness has seemed to many to be so utterly baffling that it was best left to philosophers to address, attention has until recently been studied almost exclusively by the empirical sciences and (with a few exceptions) has not really been addressed by philosophers. Now this is changing, and an interesting and fruitful dialogue has recently opened up between philosophers and empirical scientists.
All of these researchers are turning their efforts toward understanding consciousness and attention together, rather than attempting to tackle them separately. It is this interdisciplinary dialogue that this conference hopes to contribute to.