Testimony and Knowledge of Other Minds

March 30, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Wolfson Research Exchange rooms
University of Warwick Library
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom


  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre


Oxford University
University of Warwick
University of Warwick
University of Edinburgh
King's College London


University of Warwick
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We are pleased to announce a 2-day workshop on Testimony and Knowledge of Other Minds hosted by the Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre at the University of Warwick, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Below you can find more information on the provisional schedule, the topics that may be covered, and how to register.


Please note that this schedule is provisional, and precise talk timings may change. 

Wed 30th March

10.15–10.30: Welcome and coffee

10.30–12.00: Matt Parrott (Oxford) – Testimony and Expressive Benhaviour

12.15 – 13.45: Lucy Campbell (Warwick) – Expression-based Testimonial Knowledge of Other Minds

13.45–14.45: Lunch + coffee

14.45–16.15: Guy Longworth (Warwick) – Thinking Together

16.15–16.30: Coffee etc.

16.30–18.15: Beri Marušić (Edinburgh), with commentary from Jane Heal (Cambridge) – Interpersonal Reasoning

18.15–19.15: Drinks 

19.15: Dinner 

Thurs 31st March

9.30–10.00: Coffee etc.

10.00–11.30: Anita Avramides (Oxford) –  Exploring a Duality in the Problem of Other Minds

11.45–13.15: Sanford Diehl (Oxford) –  Respect and Acknowledgement

13.15: Closing remarks

Anticipated topics of discussion

The conference aims to discuss issues in the intersection of philosophical thinking about testimony, and about knowledge of other minds. Topics include:

- The interaction between how to understand mental state self-ascription and self-understanding and how to understand knowledge and understanding of other minds. 

- How testimony functions as a bridge between A’s psychological self-knowledge and B’s knowledge of A’s mind. What might be distinctive about this form of testimony by contrast with testimony which does not express self-knowledge. 

- The commonalities and differences there might be between testimonial and expression-based knowledge of other minds. 

- The ways in which testimony functions within joint activity, including joint cognitive activity. 

- The kind of meaning or significance carried by bodily and facial expressive behaviour; how this plays a role in knowledge of other minds; how this compares and contrasts with the meaning of linguistic testimony. 


The workshop will be in-person at the University of Warwick. Please email [email protected] to register, including ‘TKOM attendance’ as the subject of the email. Because of the ongoing COVID situation and more general space constraints, space is limited, so you are advised to register early to guarantee a place. 

Registration is free, and covers tea, coffee, and lunch on Day 1. 

For those visiting from further afield, accommodation can be booked on campus (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/conferences/bed-and-breakfast/). A short bus/taxi journey away you can find a variety of accommodation options in Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, or Coventry.

(Please note, there appears to be an error in PhilEvents' map function; this event will take place on the University of Warwick campus, and not in the center of Coventry as the map suggests.)


Lucy Campbell and Jack Shardlow.

This conference is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, through Lucy Campbell’s Early Career Fellowship project on Epistemological Pluralism. We are grateful for this support.  

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