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




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



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 (
Leemon McHenry, Philosophy, California State University, Northridge (
Jesper Kallestrup, Philosophy, Edinburgh (
Julian Kiverstein, Philosophy, Edinburgh (
Pierfrancesco Basile, Philosophy, University of Bern (





The conference is sponsored by:

The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Mind Association

Scots Philosophical Club

The British Society for the History of Philosophy