Conference: CFP EXTENDED: Ryerson University Philosophy Graduate Conference

Submission deadline: December 29, 2017

Conference date(s):
March 16, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy , Ryerson University, Toronto
Toronto, Canada

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Selfhood: A Dialogue Between Phenomenology and Neurocentrism 

Ryerson University Philosophy Graduate Conference
Keynote: Dr. Mary Jeanne Larrabee (DePaul University) 
Faculty Keynote: Dr. Antoine Pana
Conference Dates: March 16, 2017
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

This conference seeks to address the demarcations created by the Western approach to questions of selfhood, to explore their merits, and discuss alternative approaches. Papers addressing the application of phenomenology in medicine and psychiatry, points of contention with the neurocentric approach to selfhood, and alternative approaches to questions of selfhood addressed in Indigenous, Taoist and Buddhist philosophies are particularly encouraged.

Applicants might also consider the following questions, though this is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • What is the philosophical history behind this shift towards "naturalizing" the self and human experience generally? 
  • How can the phenomenological method inform the natural sciences, or vice versa?
  • Are there alternative approaches to selfhood and cognition that could better serve individuals whose first-person perspectives are misunderstood under the current Western medical model of selfhood?
  • Why is it that attentiveness to one’s own experience is largely absent within the fields of cognitive and biological science?
  • What are the main differences between Eastern philosophical approaches to the self (Buddhist, Taoist, Indigenous traditions, etc.) and those of the Western world?

Deadline for Submissions: December 20, 2017

Papers should be presentable in 20 mins, typically 2000- 2750 words.
Please submit your paper, prepared to be anonymized for blind review, to Michelle Charette at In a second attachment please prepare a cover page with your name, university, contact information, title of paper, word count (excluding works cited and notes) and 150-200 word abstract. 

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