Symposia

The SIFA invites contributions for the following symposia [deadline for submissions: 10th of June]:

Symposium on Motivated Irrationality

Invited Speaker: Alfred Mele (Florida State University)

Organisers: Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont), Patrizia Pedrini (University of Florence)

Description: Motivated Irrationality is the label given to a large family of phenomena of irrationality which is imputable to the biasing effect of motivation over cognition — and not to limits that are intrinsic to human cognitive finitude, “cold” biases, involuntary negligence, inculpable ignorance, and so on. Scholars believe that several psychological phenomena belongs to this family: self-deception, wishful thinking, precipitate beliefs motivationally driven, “hot” biases themselves, independently of any further irrational developments. It is also under scrutiny to what kinds of self-delusion belong to this family, and how. The symposium aims at gathering scholars working in this area, and invites submissions of paper about issues which include (and are not limited to): the distinction between different phenomena of motivated irrationality, their descriptive dimension, their causation and explanation.

Committee: Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont, Patrizia Pedrini (University of Florence), Anne Meylan Massin (University of Basilea)

Up to 3 contributed talks will be selected through blind procedure.

Length of submitted abstracts: 1000 words max, including references.

Contact person: Elisabetta Galeotti (annaelisabettagaleotti@gmail.com)

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Symposium on Constitutivism and Action Theory

Invited speakers: Adrian Haddock (Stirling University); Matthias Haase (University of Chicago); Luca Ferrero (University of California-Riverside)

Organiser: Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia/Oslo)

Description: Constitutivism in action theory is the view that some basic norms can be grounded on features of rational agency. What we have reason to do is grounded in facts about our nature as acting and reasoning beings. To this extent, constitutivism claims that facts about our nature as rational agents have explanatory priority over facts about reasons for action. Critics object that constitutivist explanations are circular or uninformative. The symposium aims to assess the promise and prospects of constitutivism as an explanation of rational action.

Committee: Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena/Oslo), Adrian Haddock (Stirling University), Matthias Haase (University of Chicago), Luca Ferrero (University of California-Riverside)

Up to 3 contributed talks will be selected through blind procedure.

Length of submitted abstracts: 1000 words max, including references.

Contact person: Carla Bagnoli (carla.bagnoli@gmail.com)

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FilMat Symposium on Abstractionism in the Philosophy of Mathematics

Invited Speaker: Øystein Linnebo (University of Oslo)

Organisers: Francesca Boccuni (University San Raffaele, Milan), Andrea Sereni (IUSS, Pavia)

Scientific Committee: Francesca Boccuni,  Øystein Linnebo, Marco Panza, Mario Piazza, Matteo Plebani, Luca San Mauro, Andrea Sereni, Giorgio Venturi

Description: Abstractionism in the philosophy of mathematics is the endeavour of recovering as much mathematics as possible from higher-order logic and Fregean abstraction principles, which provide a priori knowledge of the mathematical notions so defined and access to the intrinsic nature of the abstracta so introduced. In the past few decades, we have witnessed a renewal of the interest in this particular strain of foundational research, thanks to the works of Michael Dummett, Crispin Wright, George Boolos, Bob Hale, John Burgess, Kit Fine, Øystein Linnebo, to mention just a few.

The symposium aims at investigating topics connected with current abstractionist programmes, including the mathematics, ontology, epistemology, metaphysics of abstraction; grounded abstraction; reference by abstraction.

Up to 3 contributed talks will be selected through blind procedure.

Length of submitted abstracts: 1000 words max, including references.

Contact person: Francesca Boccuni (boccuni.francesca@unisr.it)

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IUSS Symposium on Philosophy of Mind and Subjectivity

Invited speaker: Marie Guillot (University of Essex)

Organisers: Michele Di Francesco (IUSS Pavia), Giulia Piredda (IUSS Pavia), Alfredo Tomasetta (IUSS Pavia)

Scientific Committee: Michele Di Francesco, Marie Guillot, Giulia Piredda, Alfredo Tomasetta

The Symposium is sponsored by Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

Description: In recent work on consciousness, a distinction has been drawn between two aspects of phenomenal consciousness. These are the qualitative character of experiences, the specific way they feel to the subject, and the fact that there is something it is like for the subject to undergo them. The second aspect is discussed under different names – e.g.: “for-me-ness”, “mineness”, “subjective character”, “awareness of awareness”, “sense of ownership” – by many contemporary authors, including Billon, Gallagher, Guillot, Kriegel, Levine, Metzinger, Montague, Nida-Rümelin, Strawson and Zahavi, and was also central to earlier work by James, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre.

The symposium aims at investigating topics connected with current research on for-me-ness. In particular, possible topics include, but are not limited to: For-me-ness and (phenomenal) consciousness; Metaphysical and phenomenological for-me-ness; For-me-ness and the self;  Different notions of for-me-ness; For-me-ness and mental disorders; Indexicality and for-me-ness; For-me-ness and the phenomenological tradition; For-me-ness in classical Indian thought; Scepticism about for-me-ness

Up to 3 contributed talks will be selected through blind procedure.

Length of submitted abstracts: 1000 words max, including references.

Contact person: Giulia Piredda (giulia.piredda@iusspavia.it)

The Symposium is sponsored by Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

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Abstract Submission

Abstracts for symposia should be ready for blind review and submitted via EasyChair (see Guidelines for Authors).

Please, select the symposium of your interest among the conference topics on Easychair, and put the title of the symposium in the heading of the abstract.

Personal information should be sent in a separate file to be uploaded to EasyChair following the instructions for the general conference.

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