Heidelberg Workshop on Personhood, Self-Consciousness, and the First-Person Perspective

August 19, 2022 - August 22, 2022
Department of Philosophy, Hiedelberg University

Schulgasse 6
Heidelberg 69117

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  • DFG (German Research Foundation)


University of Heidelberg

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Venue:Institute of Philosophy,Heidelberg University

Date:20-21August 2022

Funds: Accomodation costs of speakers are covered. Limited funds are available to cover travel costs of speakers.

 Acknowledgements: This workshop is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

Arguments about personhood, self-consciousness, and the first-person perspective are often intertwined. Can self-consciousness be explained by the indexical ‘I’? Is self-consciousness necessary for personhood? Or are these issues best kept separate: Is ‘I’ merely a linguistic phenomenon and personhood best understood as a social or narrative concept?

Especially in the discussion about personal identity, these questions are often crucial: Are we biological organisms or defined by consciousness? Are there criteria of personal identity or is our identity best understood in analogy to criteria free self-reference?

We invite paper presentations on the topics of personhood, self-consciousness, or the first-person perspective as well as on the persistence of persons or the self.


- Abstracts should be roughly 500 words (excluding references)

- Paper presentations will be around 30 to 40 minutes

Please send your abstract to [email protected] by 31th of Mai. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than 15th of June.


- Revised versions of the presented papers are planned to be published in the proceedings of the workshop


Dr. Markus Herrmann

Philosophische Fakultät Heidelberg

[email protected]

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