Body and Mind
Fordham University Philosophy Department Graduate Conference
April 24th and 25th, 2015
Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus
Keynote Speaker: Howard Robinson
University Professor in Philosophy, Central European University
Call for Papers:
The number of studies in the cognitive sciences that reveal the profound degree to which the body influences the mind has continued to grow. However, the grip of Cartesian dualism on philosophy has been slow to loosen. While very few philosophers retain a theory of separate substances of mind and body, the popular computational and connectionist theories of mind of the last few decades continued to leave the body out of the picture.
Recently, a number of so-called “embodied” and “enactive” approaches to cognition have sought to reorient the field. Sometimes, these have been advanced as radical programs that seek to completely overthrow orthodoxy in philosophy of mind. These debates seem to be only increasing in pace. This year’s Fordham University Graduate Philosophy Conference seeks to investigate the impact of the body on the mind through a variety of approaches.
-Early embodied approaches drew inspiration from and explored the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre and others in the phenomenological tradition. We welcome papers that explore this historical connection as well as those that consider the continuing importance of phenomenology to analyzing consciousness.
-We welcome papers that address competing accounts of the emotions, the nature of concepts, how memory works, the modularity of the mind, mental representation and other traditional problems in cognitive science from classical or standard and embodied perspectives.
-We welcome papers that explore embodied and classical accounts of the problem of other minds and issues of intersubjectivity.
-Ultimately, we welcome any paper that seeks to elucidate the important ways the mind is affected by the body while also welcoming papers reflectively critical of these new approaches.
We invite the submission of papers no longer than 3,000 words prepared for a 20-25 minute presentation. Papers should be submitted as .pdf or .doc files and formatted for blind review. Please include as a separate document a cover letter including your name, paper title, institution and contact information.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 6th, 2015.