Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference

April 29, 2023
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

United States

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We are excited to announce that the annual Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference will be held on April 29, 2023 at Stanford University. 


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10-11 – “How to count to one and a half” Aglaia von Götz (Berkeley) 

11:15-12:15 – “Kant’s doctrine of the organism and the threat of organic materialism” Juan Carlos Gonzalez (UCSD) 

1:45-2:45 – “The Rationality of Non-Intentional Epistemic Akrasia” Ayala Colette Haddad (USC)

3-4 – “Hope as Risky Investment” Jaeha Woo (Claremont School of Theology)

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10-11 – “Blind Rule-Following and the Normativity of Belief” PM Irvin (Stanford)

11:15-12:15 – “De-centering the Everett Interpretation” Jerome Romagosa (Davis)

1:45-2:45 – “The Problem of Warranted Objections” Russell Ming (UC Irvine)

3-4 – “Words, Slurs, and Social Ontologies” Yasha Sapir (USC)

Building 90 Room 92Q

4:15-5:45 - Keynote Speaker: Antonia Peacocke (Stanford)

"A Refinement Model of Creative Conception"

As I see it, the most interesting philosophical problem of creativity concerns personal credit. Usually we credit people when they exercise agency. But what agency can someone exercise to produce a brand new idea? To some, it has seemed impossible to come up with a particular new idea intentionally. To do that, you'd already need to have an intention involving that particular new idea, and so your forming the intention would obviate any need to execute it. This particular puzzle about creative agency is an instance of a more general problem regarding intentional mental action. I reject two popular responses to this puzzle—one that backs off to a less determinate intention, and one that proposes an alternation between inaction and intentional action in creative thought. Then I offer a different solution. Agency in creative conception begins with a proto-work: some early draft or incomplete idea that nonetheless proposes a certain standard to be met by further refinement. A creator can act on an intention to meet the standard presented by this object, and this intention does not obviate its own execution. I call this a refinement model of creative conception. 

Email PM Irvin ([email protected]) or Mikayla Kelley ([email protected]) with any questions. 

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