Mental Faculties and Their Metaphysics

May 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019
School of Philosophy and Social Development, Shandong University

A 1521
Central Campus, Zhixin Building
Jinan 250100


  • SDU's Cooperative Research Fund in Ethics and Epistemology

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Corning Community College
Beijing Normal University
University of Illinois, Chicago
Shandong University
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Oxford University
Carleton University
University of Leeds
Australian National University
Peking University
National Sun Yat-sen University
South China Normal University


Sun Yat-Sen University
Shandong University
Zhejiang University

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The conference will bring together leading Chinese and foreign researchers in showcasing major trends in the metaphysics of mind and action. Attendance is free and open to the public.

May 20: Metaphysics of Mind

Welcome Ceremony. Chair: WANG Huaping (Shandong University)

8:45-9:00 Address by LIU Senlin (Shandong) & Ivan Ivanov (Shandong), Group Photo

Morning Session. Chair: JIANG Asher (Tsinghua University)

9:00-10:20 Benj Hellie (University of Toronto), “Semantic Gaps and Protosemantics”

10:30-11:50 ZHONG Lei (Chinese University of Hong Kong), “Taking Emergentism Seriously”

Afternoon Session. Chair: Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto)

13:10-14:30 Daniel Stoljar (Australian National University), “Structuralism and Consciousness”

14:40-16:00 ZHANG Wenjun (Chinese University of Hong Kong), “Grounded Mental Causation: a New Solution to the Exclusion Problem”

16:10-17:30 Michael Martin (University of Oxford), “Embedded Information”

May 21: Mental Faculties

Morning Session. Chair: MEI Jianhua (Shanxi University)

9:00-10:20 Lance Rips (Northwestern University), “Counting and Countable Objects”

10:30-11:50 XIANG Bideng (Sun Yat-Sen University), “Two Context-dependent Models of Priming Conceptual Knowledge”

Afternoon Session. Chair: LIU Chang (Renmin University)

13:10-14:30 Rachel Goodman (University of Wisonsin-Milwaukee), “Trading on Identity and Singular Thought”

14:40-16:00 DAI Haiqiang & FAN Zhao (Beijing Normal University/Canterbury) “Primitive Correctness and Private Language”

16:10-17:30 Laurie Paul (Yale University) “Transformative Changes”

May 22: Action

Morning Session, Chair: XU Zhu (East China Normal University)

9:00-10:20 WANG Yanjing (Beijing University), “The Logics of Know-how”

10:30-11:50 Helen Steward (University of Leeds), “Mechanisms, Agents and Processes”

Afternoon Session, Chair: Kevin Lynch (Huaqiao University)

13:10-14:30 Gregg Caruso (State University of New York-Corning), "The Phenomenology of Free Agency: Reference, Error, and Eliminativism"

14:40-16:00 GUO Peng (Shandong University), “Substantial Concepts and Untranslatability: the Meaning of ‘Agent’”

16:10-17:30 Myrto Mylopoulos (Carleton University), “The Puzzle of Skilled Action”

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