Mental Action & the Ontology of Mind

November 16, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • University of Denver
  • Institute of Philosophy

All speakers:

Maria Alvarez
King's College London
University of the Andes
Matthew Boyle
University of Chicago
Marist College
Alec Hinshelwood
Ryerson University
University of Adelaide
Yair Levy
Tel Aviv University
Alfred Mele
Florida State University
Lilian O'Brien
University College Cork
Lucy O'Brien
University College London
Sarah Paul
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Joëlle Proust
Institut Jean Nicod
Johannes Roessler
University of Warwick
Constantine Sandis
University of Hertfordshire
Joshua Shepherd
Carleton University
Matthew Soteriou
King's College London
Markos Valaris
University of New South Wales
University of Oslo
Carnegie Mellon University


Michael Brent
University of Denver
Matthew Soteriou
King's College London

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Mental Action & the Ontology of Mind 

The conference aims to explore new ways of understanding mental action and the relations between mental action and the metaphysics of mind, broadly construed. Particular focus shall be devoted to the question of whether mental action must be included among the fundamental ontological categories required for making sense of various mental phenomena, such as consciousness and intentionality. 

Questions to be discussed include: 

· What is the nature and scope of mental action?  How much of our mental lives is genuinely agential? 

· Can mental action be reduced to and explained in terms of non-agential mental states, processes, and events?

· Does mental action support non-reductionist and/or non-physicalist approaches to consciousness, intentionality, and other mental phenomena?

· Must mental action be included among the ontological categories required for making sense of the mind?

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The support of the Institute of Philosophy, as well as the Department of Philosophy, Associate Provost of Research, and Rosenberry Fund at the University of Denver, are gratefully acknowledged

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