Agents and Causes: Interdisciplinary Aspects in Mind, Language and Culture

March 21, 2012 - March 23, 2012
ZiF: Center for Interdisciplinary Resarch, Universität Bielefeld


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ZiF Bielefeld, March 21 - 23, 2012

Organization: Albert Newen (Bochum), Anne Springer (Potsdam), Christopher Topp (ZiF) and Markus Werning (Bochum)

The workshop is devoted to the question what it means for an agent to be the cause of an action: What is the metaphysics of the agent role in causation? How is this role mentally represented? What are the linguistic structures that express the agent role and how do they vary across languages? What can go wrong in representing the agent role, e.g., in psychiatric disorders? These questions will be discussed by scientists from various disciplines, including Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics and Anthropology.

The key topics of the workshop are:

 Agency & Free Will
 Sense of Agency
 Agency & Agentivity in Language
 Agency: Cross-Cultural Perspective

Keynote speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Linguistics, U Stuttgart) Leon De Bruin (Philosophy, U Bochum) Nicole David (Neuroscience, U Hamburg) Robert Kane (Philosophy, U Texas) James Moore (Neuroscience, U Cambridge) Albert Newen (Philosophy, U Bochum) Elisabeth Pacherié (Cognitive Science, CNRS Paris) Paulo Sousa (Anthropology, Queen's U Belfast) Robert Van Valin (Lingusitics, U Düsseldorf) Martin Voss (Neuroscience, Humboldt U Berlin) Markus Werning (Philosophy, U Bochum) Thomas Widlock (Anthropology, MPI Nijmegen)

We invite submissions for spot-light presentations (20 minutes, including discussion) and  poster presentations on one of the four topics of the conference.
Submission of abstracts (550 words including references) opens January 25 and closes February 20. Submissions can be made via (keyword: AGCA 2012).

For further questions please contact: [email protected]

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Professor of Philosophy of Language and Cognition Department of Philosophy Ruhr University Bochum
44780 Bochum, Germany
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +49-234-32-24734
Fax: +49-234-32-14463
Secretary: +49-234-32-26739

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