Second Meeting: Copenhagen, September 4, 2015

After a successful first meeting in Bergen, the next NorMind meeting is set for September 4th at the Centre for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen.
The meeting is a general philosophy of mind and cognitive science workshop, open to both researchers working within and outside the Nordic region, though a central aim is to foster networking activities within the region.
Register by emailing Adrian Alsmith, asmith [at] with the subject line “Normind registration”. Please indicate if you intend to join us for dinner (at your own expense).
Note for students: 
Students are able to give very short presentations (~5 min) of their projects within the open session toward the end of the day, if this facilitates the release of funding for attendance. Please contact Adrian if this applies to you.
10:30 – 10:45: Welcome
10:45 – 12:05: Valterri Arstila: “The sense in which experiences are temporally extended”
12:05 – 12:50: Lunch
12:50 – 14:10: Ingar Brinck: “The core of social expertise” 
14:10 – 14:25: Break
14:25 – 15:45: Pauliina Remes: “Self-Knowledge in the Neoplatonist Plotinus” 
15:45 – 16:00: Break
16:00 – 17:20: Dan Zahavi: “Plural self-awareness and the we-perspective”
17:20 – 18:00: Open session
18:15 – 20:00: Drinks in Islands Brygge
20:30: Dinner in Islands Brygge
The workshop will be in the meeting room of the Centre for Subjectivity Research. Here it is on Google Maps:

It is on the 5th floor of building 25 of the Humanities campus in Amager, located at Njalsgade 140 – 142. The nearest Metro stop is Islands Brygge, here is a map from there:

Valterri Arstila: “The sense in which experiences are temporally extended”
It is commonly held that we have experiences as of temporally extended phenomena like change, motion and succession. Philosophers have explained such experiences by subscribing to the doctrine of the specious present, the idea that our experiences embrace temporally extended intervals of time. In this talk, I argue that temporal experiences can be explained without relying on the doctrine. I will end on considering the ways in which our experiences can be thought to be temporally extended.
Ingar Brink: “The core of social expertise”
Pauliina Remes: “Self-Knowledge in the Neoplatonist Plotinus: Between Detectivism and Constitutivism”
The Neoplatonist Plotinus (ca. 204-270 AD) is the originator of the distinction between soul and a self, enabling investigation of self-knowledge with more precision and directness than was possible in antiquity before him. In the Enneads, Plotinus describes self-knowledge as an accomplishment, the quest for which begins with introspection and ultimately grows into a process of sculpting ourselves. Self-knowledge is thus understood as transforming the character and the life of the person engaging in it. The possibility for this, however, is grounded upon an innate capacity for introspection.
Dan Zahavi: “Plural self-awareness and the we-perspective”
In a number of recent publications, Hans Bernhard Schmid has defended a novel proposal concerning the nature of collective intentionality and argued that plural pre-reflective self-awareness plays the same role in the constitution of a common mind that singular pre-reflective self-awareness plays in the case of the individual mind. Whereas I agree with Schmid that it is crucial to clarify the nature of the we-perspective and the ‘sense of us’, I will in my talk focus on some worries I have regarding the details of his proposal and regarding his defense of what might be called a token-identity account of experiential sharing.



PhD Position Available at the University of Oslo. Deadline15/03/15

A Doctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, at the University of Oslo (UiO).

The post will be associated with the project Thought and Sense. On the Interface between Perception and Cognition a FRIPRO projected funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

More details here.


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.