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Workshop on Ascription, causation and the mind

11 May 2016 - 12 May 2016

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Workshop on Ascription, causation and the mind Utrecht, 11-12 May 2016 Various philosophical traditions make use of the idea that we ascribe mental state concepts such as beliefs, desires and intentions in order to make sense of our doings and sayings. This general idea that our use of mental state concepts is embedded in an ascriptive practice, is found in various debates on the role of folk psychology (for example in the classical debate about theory-theory versus simulation theory, but also…
Workshop on Ascription, causation and the mind Utrecht, 11-12 May 2016 Various philosophical traditions make use of the idea that we ascribe mental state concepts such as beliefs, desires and intentions in order to make sense of our doings and sayings. This general idea that our use of mental state concepts is embedded in an ascriptive practice, is found in various debates on the role of folk psychology (for example in the classical debate about theory-theory versus simulation theory, but also in more recent work on the regulative function of folk psychology). It also takes central stage in interpretationist and dispositionalist accounts of mental states such as those of Ryle, Davidson, Dennett, and more recently, Schwitzgebel. However, if ascription is a crucial aspect of our use of mental state concepts, how does this aspect relate to metaphysical claims about what mental states are? Do we ascribe states that exist independently of such ascription, or is the existence of mental states constituted by their being ascribed? And if one holds the latter, more radical view: does this leave room for a notion of mental causation? In this workshop, seven different speakers will explore the relation between mental state ascription and the metaphysics of mind from various angles. Confirmed speakers: Maria Alvarez (King’s College London), Leon de Bruin (RU Nijmegen), William Child (University of Oxford), Fleur Jongepier (RU Nijmegen), Annemarie Kalis (Utrecht University), Niels van Miltenburg (Utrecht University), Bruno Mölder (University of Tartu), Marc Slors  (RU Nijmegen), Derek Strijbos  (RU Nijmegen). Dates & Location: Wednesday May 11 & Thursday May 12, Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht, Domplein 29. Registration: Participation and lunch are free, but spaces are limited. Please register before April 27th by sending an e-mail to Annemarie Kalis: A.Kalis@uu.nl

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Workshop on Ascription, causation and the mind

Utrecht, 11-12 May 2016

Various philosophical traditions make use of the idea that we ascribe mental state concepts such as beliefs, desires and intentions in order to make sense of our doings and sayings. This general idea that our use of mental state concepts is embedded in an ascriptive practice, is found in various debates on the role of folk psychology (for example in the classical debate about theory-theory versus simulation theory, but also in more recent work on the regulative function of folk psychology). It also takes central stage in interpretationist and dispositionalist accounts of mental states such as those of Ryle, Davidson, Dennett, and more recently, Schwitzgebel. However, if ascription is a crucial aspect of our use of mental state concepts, how does this aspect relate to metaphysical claims about what mental states are? Do we ascribe states that exist independently of such ascription, or is the existence of mental states constituted by their being ascribed? And if one holds the latter, more radical view: does this leave room for a notion of mental causation? In this workshop, seven different speakers will explore the relation between mental state ascription and the metaphysics of mind from various angles.

Confirmed speakers: Maria Alvarez (King’s College London), Leon de Bruin (RU Nijmegen), William Child (University of Oxford), Fleur Jongepier (RU Nijmegen), Annemarie Kalis (Utrecht University), Niels van Miltenburg (Utrecht University), Bruno Mölder (University of Tartu), Marc Slors  (RU Nijmegen), Derek Strijbos  (RU Nijmegen).

Dates & Location: Wednesday May 11 & Thursday May 12, Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht, Domplein 29.

Registration: Participation and lunch are free, but spaces are limited. Please register before April 27th by sending an e-mail to Annemarie Kalis: A.Kalis@uu.nl

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