Phenomenal Consciousness in the Physical World
- Westonia Charitable Trust
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Perhaps the most important challenge for contemporary philosophy of mind is to give a satisfactory account of how phenomenal consciousness can belong to the natural world described by the physical sciences, including the brain sciences. This conference has two aims. Firstly it will explore the coherence and plausibility of various non-reductive approaches to this problem—such as panpsychism, neutral monism and emergentism. Secondly it will focus on the character of phenomenal consciousness itself, posing the question of whether there is a distinctive phenomenology of thought.
In keeping with these two aims, the conference will be divided into two sections: “Consciousness and Nature”, and “Cognitive Phenomenology”.
Abstracts are invited of 500-1,000 words for contributions of roughly 30 minutes to either of these two sections. Inquiries and abstracts should be sent to the e-mail address below by January 31st, 2014