Grounding and Consciousness

June 17, 2016 - June 18, 2016
University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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Darragh Byrne
University of Birmingham
Naomi Thompson
University of Leeds

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The primary aim of the conference is to bring together metaphysicians and philosophers of mind in order to provide a forum to discuss questions connecting grounding and consciousness.

These questions have as yet been little discussed, though many philosophers’ research lies near the intersection of these topics. This event will, as far as we know, be the first explicitly devoted to the topic. It will be the first of a series of two, the second to be held at the University of Hamburg in summer 2017. One reason for organizing them in this way is that Kit Fine (NYU) a hugely influential figure in the theory of grounding has affiliations with both the Universities of Birmingham and Hamburg and will participate in both conferences. We hope to publish a collection of papers presented at the conferences, and more widely, to use the events to initiate and consolodate a formal or semi-formal network of researchers working on these topics. (For more on how we see the topics, see the conference webpage.) 

Confirmed speakers for the Birmingham conference include:

  • Katalin Balog (Rutgers)
  • David Chalmers (NYU and ANU)
  • Shamik Dasgupta (Princeton)
  • Philip Goff (CEU, Budapest)
  • David Papineau (King’s College London)

And in a special capacity of Discussant-at-Large,

  • Kit Fine (NYU and Birmingham)

(For the sister conference in Hamburg 2017, likely participants include Uriah Kriegal (Jean Nicod Institute, Paris), Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers), Benjamin Schnieder (Hamburg), Scott Sturgeon (Birmingham) and Jessica Wilson (Toronto).)

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