Conscious and unconscious mind: commonalities and differences

June 30, 2022 - July 1, 2022
Department of Analytic Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences

Academy Conference Centre (AKC)
Husova 4a
Praha 11000
Czech Republic

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Czech Science Foundation
  • University of West Bohemia in Pilsen


Simon Fraser University
University of Miami
CUNY Graduate Center


University of California, Riverside
Czech Academy of Sciences

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The aim of this two-day international conference is to explore the nature of unconscious processes in perception and cognition, and their relation to consciousness. We are especially interested in what the commonalities and the differences between conscious and unconscious mental states are with respect to their content and other aspects. 

We welcome submissions from philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists.


The questions we intend to address at the conference include (but are

not limited to):

What are the principal differences between conscious and unconscious processes? In what sense can they be said to constitute the same fundamental kind?

What is the nature of unconscious mentality? In what sense can it be said to have a representational or even qualitative nature?

Are contents in different sensory modalities made conscious by different neural mechanisms?

To what extent can we use behavioral evidence to determine the commonalities or differences between corresponding conscious and unconscious mental states?

What are the typical properties of cognitive and emotional unconscious states?

Can subjective and objective criteria for the detection of unconscious processes be successfully aligned, and are they sufficient to determine the content of these processes?

Is gradualism a part of the solution of the transition from unconscious to conscious perception? Or do we need to draw a sharp dividing line between conscious and unconscious contents?

To what extent does explaining how mental states become conscious need to invoke psychological notions and categories alongside the neuroscientific ones?

Short abstracts (around 150 words) are to be submitted together with extended abstracts of between 1800 and 2200 words (excluding references).

Submission is to be made through the Easychair submission system at the following link: (Please submit extended abstracts as Word or PDF attachments in Easychair.)

The organizers intend to put together an edited volume with a major international publisher. Conference speakers will have the opportunity to submit their full papers to the edited volume.

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