Interfaces of the Mind

July 19, 2012 - July 21, 2012
Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Universitätsstr. 150
Bochum, Germany 44780


Kenneth Aizawa
Centenary College of Louisiana
Ron Chrisley
University of Sussex
Jan Kyrre Berg Friis
University of Copenhagen
Shaun Gallagher
University of Memphis
Holger Lyre
Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg
Richard Menary
Macquarie University
University of Western Ontario
Kristof Nyiri
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Andreas Roeperstoff
University of Aarhus
Robert Rupert
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Vienna
University of Vienna
Corrado Sinigaglia
Università degli Studi di Milano
Jan Slaby
Freie Universität Berlin


Tobias Schlicht
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Gottfried Vosgerau
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

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Intentionality is the mind’s capacity to reach beyond itself, i.e. to be directed at objects or states of affairs outside the mental realm. In recent philosophical debates, it has been suggested that body and environment, technical tools and even society play not only a causal role in shaping mental states but a constitutive one. This idea forces us to reconsider the traditional concept of intentionality and the intersections of the mind with these presumably external factors, which nevertheless are fundamental for describing and explaining mental states. Therefore, this workshop is dedicated to a philosophical scrutiny of this issue to develop a conceptual map of the mind’s interfaces.

The resulting conceptual framework is supposed to engender further empirical research on phenomena that deeply affect our everyday life. How do shared emotions affect cognitive actions in an intersubjective context? How does the body interfere with the mind? How exactly does the environment shape the mind in situated action? What is the role played by cognitive enhancers and other tools interfering with neural mechanisms in the brain? The workshop brings together philosophers addressing conceptual issues arising from recent developments in philosophy and cognitive science regarding the interfaces of the mind challenging classical views on intentionality.

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