[SydPhil] Notification: Carolyn Dicey Jennings (UC Merced) @ Wed 8 May 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Carolyn Dicey Jennings (UC Merced)
Title: From Attention to Self

Abstract: A popular view of the self is that it exists inside the head.  
Movies sometimes present the self as a tiny person living inside of our  
skulls, seeing the world through our eyes. However, this concept of  
a 'homunculus,' or little human, is not popular in contemporary philosophy  
of mind and cognitive science. It has a serious problem: it is used to  
explain how it is that we see, hear, and engage with the world by  
introducing a new being that sees, hears, and engages with the world. If  
this worked then we would need homunculi "all the way down" to account for  
the seeing, hearing, and engagement of each. Philosophers and cognitive  
scientists seem to fear that any brain-based account of the self will have  
this problem. Within these fields, you will find discussions of the  
narrative self, the illusory self, the constructed self, the imaginary  
self, the self concept, and self as center of narrative gravity. These are  
not really theories of self, but of self image. In this talk, I aim to  
provide a brain-based account of the self while avoiding the 'homunculus  
fallacy.' As I will argue, the existence of an emergent self with its own  
causal powers is the best explanation of the phenomenon of top-down control  
in attention. I will contrast this account with that of Jonardon Ganeri in  
his new book, Attention, Not Self (OUP, 2017).
NB: Tea starts at 3pm
When: Wed 8 May 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
     * Luara Ferracioli- creator

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