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Reflexive Theories of Consciousness: A Cross-Cultural Workshop

Date and time

Thu, 14th Jul 2016 - 9:00am - Fri, 15th Jul 2016 - 5:00pm

Venue

Sir Roland Wilson Building, Room, SRWB 2.202 Australian National University

 

Details

Reflexive Theories of Consciousness: A Cross-Cultural Workshop aims to initiate a cross-cultural dialogue between leading philosophers of mind working in Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.

The focus of the workshop will be the reflexivity of consciousness. A central question in contemporary philosophy of mind concerns what marks a mental state as conscious. One answer is that it must satisfy the transitivity principle; i.e. if a state is conscious the subject of the state must be conscious of it. Some argue that this principle can only be satisfied if the mental state is reflexive; i.e. if it is, in some sense, self-aware. Others reject this view. Whether mental states are reflexive is a question that not only engages contemporary philosophers of mind but is also the focus of heated dispute amongst Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophers. Buddhist approaches to this issue have recently become the focus of productive cross-cultural research, not only in humanities but also in the cognitive sciences. This workshop will draw together leading philosophers in the cross-cultural philosophy of mind and will engage this emerging field of research.

Sponsors:
Australian National University & New York University 

Main speakers:

  • Monima Chadha (Monash University)
  • David Chalmers (New York University, Australian National University)
  • Bronwyn Finnigan (Australian National University)
  • Jonardon Ganeri (New York University)
  • Uriah Kriegel (Institut Jean Nicod)
  • Matthew Mackenzie (Colorado State University)
  • Daniel Stoljar (Australian National University)

Organisers:
Bronwyn Finnigan (Australian National University)
David Chalmers (New York University, Australian National University)
Daniel Stoljar (Australian National University)
 

Registration and Further Information

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP (for catering purposes). To RSVP and for further details, please contact Bronwyn Finnigan: bronwyn.finnigan@anu.edu.au or  Daniel Stoljar: daniel.stoljar@anu.edu.au

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