CFP: Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences at Dublin | Due 8/24

CFP: Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences at Dublin | Due 8/24

Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences, UCD, November 5-7, 2014

Newman House, School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

The Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences Conference seeks to explore the nature and character of conscious thinking from a philosophical and phenomenological perspective. While consciousness studies have been mainly focused on sensations, perceptions and emotions, cognition has received less attention with respect to its conscious and experiential character. Within the broad domain of conscious thinking we find the experience of entertaining, considering, understanding, deliberating, doubting, intending, calculating, judging, etc., among others. This conference wants to shed light into the natureof these and other cognitive experiences through the discussion of some of their features: conscious and phenomenal character, linguistic dimension, temporality, embodiment, active/passive aspects, first-person access, or their relation to imagination, rationality and pathological cases of thought.


Invited speakers:

Tim Crane (University of Cambridge, UK)

Katalin Farkas (Central European University, Hungary)

Julia Jansen (University College Cork, Ireland)

Dieter Lohmar (Husserl Archives Cologne, Germany)

Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Matthew Soteriou (University of Warwick, UK)

Agustín Vicente (University of the Basque Country, Spain)


Possible topics include:

– How should we characterize the nature of different cognitive experiences?

– Which are the main structural similarities and differences between them regarding phenomenal and conscious character, temporality, linguistic dimension, embodiment, first-person access or active and passive aspect?

– How are the structural features of the different cognitive episodes related to each other?

– What can delusions and pathologies of thought tell us about these features?

– How should we characterize pathologies of thought?

– What is the range of cognition and how is it connected to rationality or to imagination?

– What is the role of the will in conscious thinking?

– What can we learn from a philosophical and/or phenomenological perspective in combination with psychology and cognitivesciences when it comes to experiences of thinking?

Format: extended abstracts of 1.000 words (approximately).
Deadline for submission: August 24, 2014.
Refereeing: Please prepare submissions for blind review and send a cover sheet with institutional information.
Publication: a selection of papers from the conference will be considered for publication in a leading philosophy journal.
Submission (and any queries):
A small number of travel bursaries for contributed speakers are available.

Organizers: Marta Jorba and Dermot Moran.

Conference supported by the IRC New Foundations Award, UCD Seed Funding, UCD College of Human Sciences, UCD International Centre on Newman Studies and UCD School of Philosophy.

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