Experience, Concepts, and Agency

November 20, 2018 - November 21, 2018
Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Macau

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The Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme of the University of Macau will host the 3rd Conference on Natural Cognition “Experience, Concepts, and Agency” on November 20-21. There is space in the program for up to eight presentations by scholars, advanced graduate students or early career researchers, whose research lies broadly within the theme of the conference, described below.

To notify your interest in presenting your research at the conference, please send a title and an abstract of your paper (no more than 500 words) to the following address: [email protected].

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is October 22. Lunches and conference dinner, as well as on campus accommodation will be free for contributing speakers.

Successful participants will be notified by October 27.

Venue, date and host organization: University of Macau, Macau S.A.R., China, November 20-21, 2018.

Conference website: https://naturalcognition.wixsite.com/conference2018


The “Natural Cognition” series is designed as an interdisciplinary forum for exploring cognition as a natural phenomenon, where philosophy can serve to monitor and weave discussions between various disciplines broadly related to the investigation of the mind. Following on from the inaugural meeting Logic, Evolution, Organisms, held in 2013, and the second meeting Rationality and its Rivals in 2015, the 3rd International Conference on Natural Cognition aims to bring together scholars from different areas of philosophy, as well as psychology, with the purpose of exploring the interplay between experience, concepts, and human agency.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-  Automatic and controlled processes in agency and potential connections to responsibility and freedom

-       Evolutionary perspectives on agency

-       Mental representations

-       Experience and the process of formation of concepts

-       Conceptual vs. non-conceptual mental content 

-       Phenomenal aspects of cognition

-       The role of experience in relation to agency

-       Cognitive processes connecting perception to action

-       Perception and introspection

-       Abnormal experiences

-       Perception, imagination, and actions

Confirmed speakers include: Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow), Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong), Tobias Schlicht (Rhur University Bochum), Kengo Miyazono (University of Hiroshima), Wei Sophia Deng (University of Macau), Nevia Dolcini (University of Macau), Davood Gozli (University of Macau), Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore), Itay Shani (Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai), Derek Baker (Lingnan University, Hong Kong), Anna Ichino (Unversity of Milan).

This event is sponsored by the University of Macau, and supported by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UM.


Inquiries and clarifications about the conference can be addressed to [email protected].For more information about the University of Macau, please visit www.umac.mo, and refer to the conference website for further details and updates about the conference.

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Nevia Dolcini (University of Macau)

Davood Gozli (University of Macau)

Kengo Miyazono (Hiroshima University)

Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)

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