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Second CFP: Free Will and Consciousness

Posted: 5 de June de 2015 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria

November 19th and 20th, 2015, VU University Amsterdam

Submission deadline: July 15th, 2015

In recent years, neuroscientific and (social) psychological experimentation have played a significant role in discussions on free will. Several experiments seem to show that (many of) our actions and decisions are caused or influenced by unconscious processes. In general, the focus of the discussion has been on whether these experiments show that conscious processes are never causally efficacious and whether science shows that free will does not exist or is an illusion.


An important and underexplored question is how free will and consciousness actually are related. The workshop further elaborates on this relationship in the light of recent studies in neuroscience and psychology. With that, we aim to enrich the discussion and exchange between science and philosophy on the topic of free will. Possible research questions include but are not limited to:


1.      If consciousness and free will are related, how should we understand this (causal) relationship?

2.      What is the relationship between physical / neural causes and unconscious mental causes of behavior / action and free will? (How) Can we distinguish between both kinds of causes? Is this distinction relevant in relation to free will?

3.      Do we need to be conscious of (all) the causes of and/or reasons for our intentions, decisions, or actions in order for them to be free? Does it matter whether we can become conscious of them or whether they are inaccessible to consciousness?

4.      If we accept that unconsciously caused actions and/or decisions can be free, how should we distinguish between free and unfree action?

5.      What does it mean for actions or decisions to originate from ‘within the agent’ or be ‘up to me’ and how is this related to conscious, mental, and/or bodily processes?


The workshop is part of the project Science beyond Scientism and organized on behalf of the Abraham Kuyper Center. 

Confirmed speakers:

– Neil Levy (The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Melbourne)

– Adina Roskies (Dartmouth College)


Organizing committee:

– Lieke Asma

– Leon de Bruin

– Gerrit Glas

– Irma Verlaan


We accept contributions from several areas of research, for example philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, neuroscience, or social psychology. Please send a 500 word abstract to by July 15th 2015. The abstract should be suitable for blind review. Questions can be sent to the same email address.

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Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference 2014

Posted: 22 de March de 2014 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria
Submission deadline: Monday, June 30 2014
Conference dates: Fri., Sept. 19 – Sat., Sept. 20, 2014
Conference Venue: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, United States
Keynote Speakers:
Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto)
John Turri (University of Waterloo)
Submissions are invited on any topic pertaining to experimental philosophy. Submissions can report new experimental results or contribute to broader philosophical or methodological debates over existing (or even possible) results. Both XPhi-friendly and XPhi-critical papers are welcomed. Although we prefer to receive complete papers, we will also accept extended abstracts. It is our hope to have a greater number of presentations this year than in previous years.
Speakers will be given 50 minute sessions within which to present their research and to respond to questions. Speakers are encouraged to allow at least 15 min. for Q&A.  Speakers will be asked to make their work available in advance to share with other conference participants. Speakers are also strongly encouraged to talk through their papers rather than read them verbatim.
Submissions should be sent via email to no later than June 30, 2014. Organizers: Jake Monaghan, Neil Otte, and James Beebe (Experimental Epistemology Research Group, University at Buffalo). The event is sponsored by the Peter Hare Memorial Fund and the Dept. of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
James R. Beebe, Ph.D.
/ Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
/ Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy
/ Director, Experimental Epistemology Research Group
/ EERG website:
/ Member, Center for Cognitive Science
/ Office: 131 Park Hall
/ State University of New York at Buffalo
/ Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

CFP: Workshop on the Motivations for Naive Realism

Posted: 20 de June de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria

Call for papers:  Workshop on the Motivations for Naïve Realism

January 9-10, 2014

University of Leeds

Confirmed speakers: Alex Byrne, M.G.F. Martin, Susanna Schellenberg

Organisers: Heather Logue, Jason Leddington

Contemporary philosophy of perception is dominated by two views of the nature of perceptual experience: Naïve Realism (also known as the Relational View) and Intentionalism (also known as the Representational View). Recent years have seen a flurry of debate between these camps, but much of it has been a matter of each side merely defending its view from criticisms. Relatively little attention has been paid to the motivations that drive philosophers to one side or the other. Moreover, there is a lack of clarity about how exactly to formulate Naïve Realism, and indeed about what a philosophical theory of perceptual experience is supposed to do. This workshop is part of a larger project intended to fill these gaps.

We invite submissions of papers for presentation at the workshop addressing one or more of the following issues: the motivations for Naïve Realism, the formulation of Naïve Realism, or the goals of philosophical theorising about perceptual experience.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Mind Association. At the present time, we are unable to cover the travel and accommodation expenses for speakers selected via the general call for papers, but we may be able to do so pending the results of further funding applications.

Please send submissions prepared for blind review to (as a .pdf file entitled “Naïve Realism workshop submission”). The deadline for submissions is 4 October 2013. Applicants will be notified of the results in early November.

We intend to publish a volume of essays on the motivations for Naïve Realism and Intentionalism, and acceptance of a speaker slot will be regarded as an agreement to reserve a revised version of the presented paper for this volume. The Mind Association has first refusal on the volume for their Occasional Series published by Oxford University Press, in which case the papers will be subject to further peer review (and hence cannot be guaranteed publication).

Heather Logue
Lecturer, School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science
University of Leeds <>

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Formal Methods in Philosophy

Posted: 12 de March de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria


Gdańsk University (Poland) and Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at Ghent University (Belgium) invite submissions of papers related to the application of formal methods in philosophy, especially outside the narrow field of philosophy of logic and language. The workshop will take place in Gdańsk, Poland (July 15-17, 2013).


– We plan around 12 presentation slots.
– Each speaker will be given 30-60 minutes to present, depending on the length of the paper.
– Each paper will be sent ahead of time to a participant who isn’t its author with a request for a commentary.
– Each presentation will be followed by 10-15 minutes of a commentary by another participant.
– Each commentary will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
– Each paper will be blind-reviewed by two referees, comments will be sent ahead of time to the author with (possible) request to revise the paper before forwarding it to the commentator.
– Depending on the number of submissions, we might be unable to provide comments on rejected papers.
– The language used is English.

As we think it is better to submit a paper to a good journal than to a proceedings volume, there will be no proceedings volume.


Full papers, prepared for blind-review (accompanied by an email providing author details) should be sent in PDF format by April 1, 2013.

Rafal Urbaniak
Agnieszka Rostalska
Aleksandra Szulc

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JOB: Western Michigan University

Posted: 11 de March de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Kalamazoo, MI. WMU seeks applications for a one-year term assistant professor appointment in the Department of Philosophy with a start date of Fall 2013. AOS/AOC: open. The department expects that the successful candidate will teach a graduate seminar in his or her area of expertise; undergraduate courses will include critical thinking, and might include metaphysics, ancient philosophy, philosophy of language, and/or philosophy of mind. WMU’s Department of Philosophy ( is broadly analytic in focus, with an undergraduate major and a highly regarded M.A. program. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. Western Michigan University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. Applications must go to Online applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, writing sample and, if available, teaching evaluations. Transcripts and three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to: Dr. Marc Alspector-Kelly, Chair, Department of Philosophy; 3004 Moore Hall, Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Questions may be directed by email to or by phone to (269) 387-4390. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Fritz Allhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor &
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-4503 (p)
(269) 387-4389 (f)

CONF: Information Ethics and Policy conference

Posted: 9 de March de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria

Announcing the 11th Information Ethics Roundtable — “Information Ethics and Policy: Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Freedom of Speech”
April 25-26, 2013
University of Washington
Conference Website:

Speakers include:

Anita L. Allen
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Deborah G. Johnson
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia

Judith Wagner DeCew,
Chair, Professor
Department of Philosophy
Clark University

Robert Gomulkiewicz
UW Law Foundation Professor
Faculty Director of the Law, Technology & Arts Group
University of Washington

Ken Himma
Visiting Professor, Adjunct
Law School
University of Washington

Stephen R. Munzer,
Distinguished Professor of Law
UCLA Law School

Helen Nissenbaum
Professor, Director, Information Law Institute
Department of Media, Culture & Communication
New York University

Nadine Strossen
Professor of Law
Former President, (ACLU), 1991-2008
New York Law School

Eugene Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law
UCLA Law School

All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information please visit the conference website . . .or contact the organizing committee chair. . .

Adam D. Moore
Information School
Department of Philosophy
Program on Values
University of Washington
Box 353350
Seattle, WA 98195
Office: 206 616-2103

Collective Intentionality VIII – University of Manchester – August 28th-31st, 2012

Collective Intentionality VIII – as the name suggests! – is the eighth in a series of large-scale international events on joint and/or cooperative action, reasoning, decision, intention, attention, and associated mental and agential phenomena, topics that impact on issues in ethics and social ontology and which cross boundaries between philosophy, psychology, AI, economics, and political theory. Previous events in the series have been hosted by the Universities of Basel (2010), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000) and Munich (1999). This will be the first in the series hosted in the UK, and we are proud to announce that the University of Manchester has been selected to host the event.


Michael Tomasello (Leipzig): Cooperation and human cognition


Michael Bratman (Stanford): Shared deliberation

Kit Fine (NYU): Joint intention

Margaret Gilbert (UC Irvine): Title TBA



The cognitive psychology of joint action:

Stephen Butterfill (Warwick), Guenther Knoblich (CEU), Elisabeth Pacherie (Jean Nicod)


Cooperative action and reasoning (a special SINTELNET symposium):

Nick Bardsley (Reading), A. J. Julius (UCLA), Raimo Tuomela (Helsinki)


Plurals and collectivity:

Kirk Ludwig (Indiana), Alex Oliver (Cambridge), Thomas Smith (Manchester)


Empathy and fellow-feeling:

Pierre Jacob (Jean Nicod), Hans Bernhard Schmid (Vienna), Joel Smith (Manchester)




We invite papers for presentation in 30 minute parallel sessions (20 minute presentation plus 10 minute discussion). Researchers in fields including (but not restricted to) philosophy, psychology, economics, computer science and political theory are warmly encouraged to submit. Please send either a full draft or an extended abstract (of approx. 1-2 pages) for blind review, to by 8th June 2012 (this deadline has been extended by one week). Notification of acceptance by 1st July 2012. Registration closes on 1st August 2012.


We will consider offering early notification to those who can give good reasons (e.g. relating to sponsorship from their home institution) for needing an early response.

For more information, and to register, visit:

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the European Network for Social Intelligence (SINTELNET), the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society, Mind and Language, the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), the University of Manchester Philosophy DA, and School of Social Sciences.