The First Annual Laval Everything Agency Conference 2024

April 25, 2024 - April 26, 2024
Universite Laval

Québec G1V 0A6

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*The First Annual ULaval Everything Agency Conference 2024*

Venue: Laval University, Québec City, Canada.

Dates: April 25-26, 2024


Keynote Speakers: John Brunero (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University), Berislav Marušić (University of Edinburgh), Timothy Williamson (Oxford).

The first Annual ULaval Everything Agency Conference will be held at Laval University, Québec City, Canada. The conference aims to bring together researchers working on theoretical aspects pertaining to agency: philosophy of action, philosophy of emotions, epistemology, normativity broadly construed, meta-ethics and ethical theory in connection to agency, political philosophy, political science, foundational issues in artificial intelligence, and philosophy of biology. In addition to the keynote talks, there will be eight slots for papers selected through the call for papers.

We invite submissions of abstracts on the general theme of the conference. Among possible topics are intentional action, constraints of rationality on intention, constraints of coherence on intention and other attitudes, the normativity of attitudes, norms, and reasons for mental attitudes, including emotions and belief, the rationality of mental attitudes, sources of norms and rationality, epistemic agency, foundational issues in ethical, political theory, degrees of agency, political agency, agency in artificial intelligence, roots of agency and philosophy of biology, formal representations of agency, agency and knowledge, agency and norms of belief, emotional agency. This is not an exhaustive list of possible topics for selected talks.

Submitted abstracts should be 750 words long and be prepared for blind review. Abstracts have to be submitted electronically to the following email address: [email protected]. The deadline for the submission is November 1, 2023.

Speakers of accepted papers will be invited to the conference reception and will have two nights of accommodation provided on the campus of Laval University. Up to three travel bursaries will be offered to graduate students or postdocs whose papers have been selected to help cover their travel expenses.

We would like to encourage, in particular, submissions from members of underrepresented groups.

Everyone is welcome to the conference, attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register by email at [email protected]. The deadline for registration is April 15, 2024.

Organizers: Arturs Logins (Laval) ([email protected]) and Catherine Rioux (Laval) ([email protected]).

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The First Annual Laval Everything Agency Conference Program 2024

April 25th-26th, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

---Thursday, April 25th---

Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, 2325 Rue de l’Université, Québec

Room ADJ-2320                 

8:30-9:00: Welcome/coffee

9:00-10:30: Berislav Marušić (University of Edinburgh) “The Ethicist and the Ontologist: On self-Prediction in Practical Reasoning.”

Chair: Patrick Turmel (Université Laval)

10:30-10:45: Coffee pause

10:45-11:30: Derek Lam (California State University, Sacramento) “Not being sure of Myself.” 

ChairRomane Marcotte (Université Laval)

11:30-12:15: Yuan Tian (Harvard) “An Interpersonal Form of Faith.”

Chair: Vincent Rochelle (Université Laval)

12:15-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: John Brunero (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) “Reasons for Action, Reasons for Intentions, and Agency.” 

Chair: Catherine Rioux (Université Laval)

15:00-15:15: Coffee pause

15:15-16:00: Eugene Chislenko (Temple University) “Blame as Attention.”

Chair: Laura Silva (Université Laval)

16:00-16:45: Chris Blake-Turner (Oklahoma State University) “Rational Intelligibility and The Kernel of Truth in The Guise of the Good” 

Chair: David James Barnett (University of Toronto) 

17:30-19:30: Cocktail 

The Everything Agency Conference organizers are pleased to invite our guests to a cocktail reception held in our very own ward, the Félix-Antoine Savard Pavillon.

---Friday, April 26th---

Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, 2325 Rue de l’Université, Québec

Room ADJ-2320                    

8:30-9:00: Welcome/coffee

9:00-10:30: Timothy Williamson (Oxford) "Decision theory and acting on what one knows"

Chair: Artūrs Logins (Université Laval) 

10:30-10:45: Coffee pause

10:45-11:30: Alison Springle (The University of Miami) “Acting for Reasons : An Acorn Account.” 

Chair: Pierre-Olivier Méthot (Université Laval)

11:30-12:15: Austen McDougal (Princeton) “Motives, the New Frontier for Control.” 

Chair : Joshua Brecka (University of Toronto) 

12:15-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University) “Epistemic Agency in Action”   

Chair: Jacob Hamel-Mottiez (Université Laval)

15:00-15:15: Coffee pause

15:15-16:00: Rowan Mellor (Northwestern University) “Why Cooperate? Team Reasoning and Unwillingness.” 

Chair: Nathan Howard (University of Toronto)

16:00-16:45: Jay Jian (National Academy of Taiwan) “Instrumental Agency and the Pre-conditions of Ends.” 

Chair: Miriam Schleifer McCormick (University of Richmond)

16:45-17:00: Closing Remarks

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