Conference Themes

Themes and Questions

The Conference will feature four sessions, each with a distinctive research focus. There will also be poster presentations on these themes from PhD students and early career researchers.

  1. Brain & World: Perception & Consciousness
    • How are perception and consciousness understood by philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists, and what might we gain from a cross-disciplinary perspective?
    • What are the relationships between perception, attention, and consciousness?
    • How much of perception is unconscious, and what role does unconscious perception play in our mental lives?
    • What has the search for neural correlates of consciousness achieved, and how might it be pursued in the future?
  2. The Human Agent: Intention & Action
    • How do human agents reason about what to do?
    • What are the relationships between decision, intention and action?
    • How can neuroscience and psychology shed light on philosophical questions about agency, such as the questions of free will and free action?
    • What is the sense of agency and how should it be explained?
  3. Self & Other: Social Cognition & Communication
    • How do human language and communication work? 
    • How do human beings understand the minds of others?
    • What kinds of skills, abilities or mechanisms sustain human social interactions?
    • What role does culture play in the formation of the human mind?
  4. The Subject’s Point of View: Intentionality & Emotion
    • What is it for human thoughts and feelings to represent the world?
    • What are the relationships between meaning, mental representation and information?
    • What are the emotions? In what ways are they shaped by history and culture?
    • How do the psychological and neural mechanisms of emotions underlie the subject’s point of view on the world?