Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2009

The Metaphysics of Consciousness

An International conference in honour of
Timothy L. S. Sprigge (1932-2007)

University of Edinburgh, 7-9 July 2009

 


Programme


 

Provisional programme

 

 

 

Tuesday 7 July

 

11.00-1.00: Registration/ tea and coffee

 

1.00-2.00: Session 1

Leemon McHenry (California State University, Northridge)

Sprigge’s Ontology of Consciousness

 

2.00-3.00: Session 2

Pierfrancesco Basile (University of Bern)

It must be true—but how can it be? Some Remarks on Panpsychism and Mental Composition

 

3.00-3.30: tea/coffee break

 

3.30-4.30: Session 3: Parallel (A and B)

(A) Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo)

The Space We Share: Phenomenology and Metaphysics

(B) Jason Brown (New York University Medical Center)

What is a Mental State?

 

4.30-5.30: Session 4

Galen Strawson (University of Reading)

Fundamental Singleness: How to Turn the 2nd Paralogism into a Valid

Argument

 

7.00: Dinner

 

 

Wednesday 8 July

 

9.00-10.00: Session 5

Jaegwon Kim (Brown University)

Explaining Consciousness: From Emergentism to A Priori Physicalism

 

10.00-11.00: Session 6

William Seager (University of Toronto)

Concessionary Dualism and Physicalism

 

11.00-11.30: tea break

 

11.30-12.30: Session 7

Brian P. McLaughlin (Rutgers University)

Consciousness, Identity, and Explanation

 

12.30-1.30: lunch

 

1.30-2.30: Session 8: Parallel (C & D)

(C) Fred Adams (University of Delaware)

Consciousness: Why and Where?

(D) Geoffrey Madell (University of Edinburgh)

Substance Dualism: You Know it Makes Sense

 

2.30-3.30: Session 9: Parallel (E & F)

(E) Ken Aizawa (Centenary College of Louisiana)

How Consciousness Can Safely Emerge

(F) David Cockburn (University of East Anglia)

Doubts About "Consciousness”

 

3.30-4.00-: tea break

 

4.00-5.00: Session 10

Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh)

Locating the Conscious Mind

 

5.00-6.00: Session 11

Howard Robinson (Central European University, Budapest)

Quality, Thought and Consciousness

 

6.30-7.30: reception and dedication of Timothy Sprigge Room

 

8.00: Conference dinner

 

 

Thursday 9 July

 

9.00-10.00: Session 12

Stephen Clark (University of Liverpool)

How to Become Unconscious

 

10.00-11.00: Session 13: Parallel (G & H)

(G) Eduard Marbach (University of Bern)

Is there a Metaphysics of Consciousness without a Phenomenology of Consciousness? Some thoughts derived from Husserl's Philosophical Phenomenology

(H) Brenda Almond (University of Hull)

Religious Consciousness: Revisiting the God of the Philosophers

 

11.00-11.30: tea break

 

11.30-12.30: Session 14: Parallel (I & J)

(I) Julian Kiverstein (University of Edinburgh)

The Metaphysics of Time Consciousness

(J) James Giles (University of Guam)

The Metaphysics of Awareness in Taoist philosophy

 

12.30-1.30: lunch

 

1.30-2.30: Session 15

Tim Crane (University College London)

Consciousness as Predicated of Human Beings

 

2.30-3.30: Session 16

Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool)

Phenomenal Holism

 

3.30-4.00: coffee/tea

 

4.00-5.00: Session 17

Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)

Consciousness for Four-Dimensionalists

 

6.30 pm: Dinner

 

 


 

 

Conference Committee


Pauline Phemister
, Philosophy, Edinburgh (p.phemister@ed.ac.uk)
Leemon McHenry, Philosophy, California State University, Northridge (leemon.mchenry@csun.edu)
Jesper Kallestrup, Philosophy, Edinburgh (jesper.kallestrup@ed.ac.uk)
Julian Kiverstein, Philosophy, Edinburgh (julian.kiverstein@ed.ac.uk)
Pierfrancesco Basile, Philosophy, University of Bern (pierfrancesco.basile@philo.unibe.ch)

 

 

 


 

The conference is sponsored by:

The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Mind Association

Scots Philosophical Club

The British Society for the History of Philosophy