24 & 25 June 2011
Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience
University of Glasgow

Organisers: Neil McDonnell and Umut Baysan

Metaphysical questions within the Philosophy of Mind abound. What is the ontology of the mental? To what extent should we be revisionary about folk psychology? How does the mental relate to the physical? What is the nature of mental-physical causation? Are there mental laws? What is the nature of actions and how are they related to the mental? Does the mental dictate our identity? Are our perceptual experiences or other mental states comprised by physical objects and properties outside of our head? Our understanding of what it is to be a human, and how it is that we interact with the world hinges on these questions.

We invite papers addressing the following and any other related themes:

  • Does the mental reduce to the physical?
  • If not, what is the relation of the mental to the physical? Is it governed
    by laws?
  • Are mental states multiply realisable by different physical states?
  • What, if any, causal influence do mental events exert? Can our theories of
    causation make sense of this?
  • Do our theories of action survive the various ontological possibilities? –
  • What, then, can we say of our agency or whether we have a genuinely free
    will?
  • What it is to be a person over time and how it is that we persist? How is
    it that we change over time and yet remain the same person? In what does our
    identity consist – is psychological continuity or bodily continuity
    necessary or sufficient?
  • Are perceptual experiences distinct from the objects and properties that
    they seem to make us aware of? Or are they constituents of those
    experiences, and precisely in what sense constituents?

By drawing together contemporary developments in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and with reference to developments in psychology and neuroscience, our conference aims to promote philosophical and inter-disciplinary dialogue around these central philosophical questions.

If you would like to present a paper at this conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to e.baysan.1@research.gla.ac.uk by 25 April 2011.

The conference is sponsored by the Mind Association, College of Arts University of Glasgow.