Monthly Archives: January 2015

PhD Scholarship in Neuroethics at Monash University

Maybe someone is (or has a student who is) interested in a PhD opportunity at Monash University:

A PhD scholarship, equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate Award, is available to examine treatment-induced compulsive behaviours in Parkinson’s disease. The Scholarship is provided by an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Award received by Dr Adrian Carter (2014-2017) entitled “Treatment-induced compulsive behaviours: Ethical and policy implications”.

Some medications can produce compulsive behaviours that challenge our understanding of decision-making and raise significant ethical questions about our control over and responsibility for our actions.

Details here.


Upcoming Events

At NorMind’s Inaugural Meeting, a number of upcoming events were mentioned. Below is a roundup, in chronological order. It’ll be a busy spring!

Meanwhile, a calendar has also been added to the website:

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to e-mail updates, on the top of the the right-hand column, and to email info at thedomainthat’ with information about upcoming events, feedback on the site, etc.

Workshop on Linguistics, Representation, and Cognitive Science, Trondheim, March 10-11

With Georges Rey (University of Maryland), John Collins (University of East Anglia), David Adger (Queen Mary College London), Terje Lohndal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Nicholas Allott (Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo)

From the website:

Classical cognitive science is standardly seen as explaining intelligent behaviour by reference to the computational manipulation of internal symbols that represent or purport to represent worldly entities and states of affairs. Theoretical linguistics was long seen as prime example of this paradigm; Noam Chomsky, its progenitor, often presents his account of grammatical competence in what would appear to be standard “computational representational” terms. However, it has recently become less clear that he understands those terms in standard ways. He often insists that though computations are “psychologically real,” they are not to be understood as occurring in space/time; and that “representation” is not to be understood relationally, as “representation of” – indeed, that the intentional idiom has no place in serious science.  This workshop will explore a number of ways of dealing with the tensions and interpretive problems that seem to arise here, as well as related issues concerning the impact of minimalism on Chomsky’s metatheoretical claims, and the understanding of intentionality and representation more generally within cognitive science.

Confirmed speakers: Georges Rey (University of Maryland), John Collins (University of East Anglia), David Adger (Queen Mary College London), Terje Lohndal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Nicholas Allott (Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo)

Location: Room D154, Dragvoll Campus, NTNU

All are welcome! If you would like to attend the lunches, please contact by latest 28th February 2015.

Workshop on We-Intentionality, Copenhagen, March 11

With Henning Nörenberg and Ingar Brinck. Details here.

Conference on We-Intentionality, Copenhagen, May 21-22

With Stephen Butterfill (University of Warwick), Thomas Fuchs (University of Heidelberg), Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis), Marco Iacoboni (University of California, Los Angeles), Joel Krueger (University of Exeter), John Michael (Central European University/CFS), Elisabeth Pacherie (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris), Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi (University of Warsaw), Alessandro Salice (CFS), Jan Slaby (Free University Berlin), Thomas Szanto (CFS), Joona Taipale (University of Jyväskylä), Dan Zahavi (CFS).

Details here.

Workshop on ‘The Implicit Mind’, Stockholm, 25-26 May

Confirmed speakers: Tim Bayne (Manchester), Ned Block (NYU), Susan Carey (Harvard), Jules Holroyd (Nottingham), Petter Johansson (Lund and SCAS), Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY), Maja Spener (Birmingham).

Website here.


PLM Masterclass, Stockholm, June 7-8

Postgraduates are invited to apply for the 2nd PLM Masterclass, to be held at the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, 7-8 June 2015. The masterclass will be devoted to the work of David Chalmers, New York University and Australian National University. 9 graduate students will have the opportunity to present papers on David Chalmers’s work. Professor Chalmers will comment on the papers and will also present new research.

More info here and here.


Conference on Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind & Naturalism, Bergen, June 12-13

It has become a commonplace to say that Wittgenstein was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20thcentury. While substantial numbers of articles and monographs on Wittgenstein continue to be produced, however, his thought (or Wittgensteinian philosophy more broadly) often seems absent from philosophical debates where the agenda has been set by various forms of scientific naturalism, especially in the philosophy of mind. This conference, “Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind & Naturalism” will bring together both leading thinkers and younger philosophers with the aim of remedying this situation by exploring the interface between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and central topics in contemporary philosophy of mind. Confirmed invited speakers are Charles Travis (Porto), Julia Tanney (Kent), Paul Snowdon (UCL), Bill Child (Oxford), Bjørn Ramberg (Oslo), Sandra Laugier (Paris), and David Finkelstein (Chicago), and Jonathan Knowles (NTNU Trondheim).

More info at philevents.

Workshop on Cognitive Penetration, Bergen, June 24-26

Organised by Mette Kristine Hansen. Confirmed speakers are Brit Brogaard, Peter Carruthers, Fiona Macpherson, Bence Nayan and Anders Nes. Website coming soon.

Copenhagen Summer School, August 10-14

The Centre for Subjectivity Research is organising a summer school in phenomenology and philosophy of mind, August 10-14. The below is from the website.

The course will provide essential insights into central themes within the philosophy of mind, viewed from a phenomenological perspective. It will consist of a mixture of key note lectures, PhD presentations and seminars (32 hours total), aimed at advanced MA students and PhD students. Post Docs are also invited to apply. The Summer School is co-funded by the PhD programme in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.

Speakers:Michelle Montague, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, Roberta de Monticelli, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Søren Overgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Galen Strawson, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration: Registration will open in February 2015

ECTS: Participation in the Summer School is expected to give 2,5 ECTS points, 4,0 if you give a talk.

It will be possible to submit an abstract for presentation at the Summer School when registration opens in February 2015.

PLM Conference, Oslo, September 11-13

Every two years PLM organizes a conference in the language and mind area.

The third PLM conference will take place in Oslo, 11-13 September 2015, organised by CSMN, UiO.

Website here, CFP here.



Inaugural Meeting Roundup

NorMind’s inaugural meeting took place in Bergen this past Friday, the 9th of January. Adrian Alsmith, Hedda Hassel Mørch, Kathrin Glüer and Tim Bayne gave excellent talks, and the discussions were interesting and useful.

Update: Here are some nice pictures of the event, curtesy of Sasha Fink (who’s therefore not in any of them).

At the end of the day the attendees (15 in total) discussed what the future of the network should be. The following was agreed:

  • Most importantly, everyone agreed to keep the network running.
  • The network should for now keep to its initially announced activity level, with meetings twice a year, and the running of this blog. We will also add a calendar when time permits. For news to the blog or calendar, please email: info at
  • We’ll for the moment remain an informal network. Later on we may look into funding possibilities, and perhaps consider forming an association if some of those opportunities require it.
  • The next meeting will be in Copenhagen, and will be arranged by Adrian Alsmith. It is likely to take place either before or after this summer school, which runs 10-14 August.
  • While local organisers get to call the shots, they’re encouraged to arrange for postgrads to be able to give (possibly rather short) presentations, if this is key to unlocking travel funding. They’re also encouraged to schedule a discussion session, where people can share news, as questions, and so on.
  • We’ll try to ensure there’s a person from each country on the loose organising / steering committeKathrin Glüer joined the committee from Sweden, and we’ll seek out one from Finland and one from Island soon. Anyone who’s keen to help out are most welcome to get in touch.