[SydPhil] 5th East-West Philosophers’ Forum @ UNSW, 15-17 May 2019

Moira Gatens moira.gatens at sydney.edu.au
Tue May 7 10:25:25 AEST 2019

Its interesting I guess — but can’t help wondering why everyone has to reinvent the wheel all the time —- I think this might be peculiar to philosophers who always want to be FIRST!!! (and are not).
Anyone serious about east-west should remember Islamic scholarship too

On 7 May 2019, at 09:35, Markos Valaris <m.valaris at unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.valaris at unsw.edu.au>> wrote:

5th East-West Philosophers’ Forum

15-17 May 2019

University of New South Wales, Sydney

Extended Cognition East and West: how re-thinking cognition helps enlarge epistemology

At the crossroads of epistemology, philosophy of action and philosophy of mind, extended cognition has received much attention in the last ten years. In particular, philosophers working on extended cognition have de-centred the traditional view of mind as the seat of intellectual activity and decision-making. Broadly speaking, Extended Cognition Theory (ECT) does not see the brain, or the human body, as the limit of thinking and cognition. It proposes that our thinking—and our knowledge—is very much shaped by our embodied forms, engaging within environments. The upshot of discussions on ECT for epistemology is that it challenges traditional conceptions of knowledge primarily as content (or even more narrowly as intellectual content), possessed by individuals. According to the view prompted by ECT, knowledge is very much situated and environmental. What does this mean for philosophy from eastern and western traditions? This is the question scholars at this forum will consider. The aim is to engage both traditions in dialogue so as to arrive at a deeper understanding of knowledge, in order to facilitate a more efficient and optimal way of engaging with the world.

Prof Richard Menary (Macquarie University) Keynote
A/Prof David Bronstein (Georgetown University/University of New South Wales)
Prof Leo Cheung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
A/Prof Seisuke Hayakawa (University of Tokyo)
Prof Stephen Hetherington (University of New South Wales)
A/Prof Karyn Lai (University of New South Wales)
Prof Michael Mi (Soochow University)
A/Prof Masaharu Mizumoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
A/Prof Nikolaj Pedersen (Yonsei University)
Asst Prof Shane Ryan (Nazarbayev University)
Dr Markos Valaris (University of New South Wales)

The conference program is available here: https://hal.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/HALFile/East_West_Philosophers_Forum_2019_UNSW.pdf
The event is free but registration is essential.  Please register here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/AOMSCjZrzqHNAqJWiWhMj4?domain=eventbrite.co.uk<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/AOMSCjZrzqHNAqJWiWhMj4?domain=eventbrite.co.uk>
Enquiries to Karyn Lai: k.lai at unsw.edu.au<mailto:k.lai at unsw.edu.au>
The Conference is supported by the School of Humanities and Languages, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Markos Valaris
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Associate Editor, Australasian Journal of Philosophy
University of New South Wales
Phone: +(61) 2 9385 2760 (office)
Personal webpage: markosvalaris.net<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/fZ-bCk8vAZtG4Q0xtVQvFF?domain=markosvalaris.net>

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