HOT Conference in Honor of David Rosenthal Aug 2015

HOT Conference in Honor of David Rosenthal Aug 2015

Higher-Order Theories and Mental Qualities: A Conference in Honor of David Rosenthal

Conference Aim and Scope:

David Rosenthal’s theories of higher-order thought and mental qualities have contributed greatly to the development of a comprehensive theory of consciousness that spans both science and philosophy.  The aim of this conference is to present and discuss new, philosophical or scientific work on matters relevant to higher-order thought, mental qualities, and this distinctive theory of conscious experience.  Already confirmed speakers include scholars and scientists from North America, Europe, and Asia.  We will be allowing ample time for discussion of each talk, and warmly welcome participation in these discussions by philosophers, scientists and others with a keen interest in theories of consciousness or related issues.

Dates & Venue:
August 3~5, 2015
Taipei Medical University,
No. 250 Wu-Xing Street, Taipei City, TAIWAN, ROC, 11031

Speaker Topic
Alex Byrne Rosenthal on Mental Qualities
Amy Kind Robust Introspection
Austen Clark Qualitative Character and Conceivable Inversions
David Rosenthal The Wages of Consciousness
Hakwan Lau Epistemological arguments for a higher-order decision theory of perceptual consciousness
Hongwoo Kwon Mary and the Two Gods: Trying Out an Ability Hypothesis
Jacob Berger Mental Qualities and Nonconceptual Content
Josh Weisberg Higher-Order Thought and the Hard Problem of Consciousness
Kai-Yuan Cheng Self in Freud and Zhuangzi from a HOT Perspective
Richard Brown Two Concepts of Phenomenal Consciousness
Rocco Gennaro Mental Qualities and HOTs: Change Blindness and Attention
Sam Coleman Qualities and Relations
Timothy Lane A dispositional HOT theory of belonging:  Assessing the neural plausibility of HOT Theory’s dispositional account of self and belonging
Uriah Kriegel The Epistemic Argument Against Higher-Order Theory
Zoltan Dienes Hypnosis as self-deception; Meditation as self-insight

Invited Speakers:

(1) Alex Byrne: Department of Linguistics and Philosophy; MIT. (USA)

(2) Amy Kind: Department of Philosophy; Claremont McKenna College. (USA)

(3) Austen Clark: Department of Philosophy; University of Connecticut. (USA)

(4) David Rosenthal: Program in Philosophy, Graduate Center, City University of New York. (USA)

(5) Hakwan Lau: Department of Psychology; UCLA (USA)

(6) Hongwoo Kwon: Yonsei University. (Korea)

(7) Jacob Berger: Department of English & Philosophy; Idaho State University. (USA)

(8) Josh Weisberg: Department of Philosophy; University of Houston. (USA)

(9) Kai-Yuan Cheng: Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition; National Yang Ming University (Taiwan)

(10) Richard Brown: Department of Philosophy; City University of New York. (USA)

(11) Rocco Gennaro: Department of Philosophy; University of Southern Indiana. (USA)

(12) Sam Coleman: University of Hertfordshire, Department of Philosophy. (UK)

(13) Uriah Kriegel: Institut Jean Nicod. (France)

(14) Zoltan Dienes: School of Psychology; University of Sussex. (UK)


March 15 — July 26, 2015
If you would like to register for the conference, please send an email to Ms. Han


Taipei Medical University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences & Brain and Consciousness Research Center


Academia Sinica, Institute of European and American Studies

National Chengchi University, Department of Philosophy

National Chung-Cheng University, Department of Philosophy

National Tsing Hua University, Graduate Institute of Philosophy

National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition