[SydPhil] Workshop Announcement: The Origins and Nature of Contentful Minds, University of Wollongong, Nov 28th 2016

Glenda Satne glendasatne at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 04:44:58 AEDT 2016

The Origins and Nature of Contentful Minds

Continuity, Transformation, Integration?

Monday 28th November 2016

Northfield's Campus, University of Wollongong

Lecture Theatre 21.G08, Early Start, Building 21

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We are pleased to announce a workshop on issues of continuity, transformation and integration that will take place at the University of Wollongong on Monday November 28th.


It is widely assumed that at least some cognitive beings are capable of thinking contentful thoughts – thoughts that refer to things beyond themselves and which can be true or false. Do contentful thoughts exist? If so, how can we account for their natural origins? Does explaining how they arose require special explanatory resources? Or are the seemingly distinctive properties of contentful states best explained as more elaborate or complex versions of signaling systems of non-human animals?  Does distinguishing between basic and non-basic forms of cognition entail any kind of problematic discontinuity thesis? Assuming such a distinction exists, to what extent does the emergence of contentful thought presuppose a radical transformation of more basic cognitive abilities? How might we understand such a transformation and how might it be explained? To what extent can basic and non-basic cognitive abilities be integrated, and how might we understand and explain such integration?



 Tom Froese, Department of Computer Science of the Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), National Autonomous University, Mexico.

Philip Gerrans, Professor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide and an associate of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences in Geneva.

Daniel D. Hutto, Professor of Philosophical Psychology, University of Wollongong.

Richard Menary, ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor, Macquarie University.

Glenda Satne, Vice Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong.

Karola Stotz,  Senior Lecturer and a Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University <http://mq.edu.au/>. 

Schedule to follow.


All are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but places may be limited due to restrictions on space. Please RSVP gsatne at uow.edu.au <mailto:gsatne at uow.edu.au>  to secure a place by inserting the subject line ‘Registration for CTI Workshop, 28 Nov 2016’.

Glenda Lucila Satne
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