CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Methods in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy
16-26 June 2014
Summer School at Keele University (UK), sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research.
* George Sher (Rice)
* Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna)
* David Owen (Southampton)
* Monica Mookherjee (Keele)
* Glen Newey (Brussels)
* John Horton (Keele)
* Elizabeth Frazer (Oxford)
* Andrew Dobson (Keele)
* Geoffrey Cupit (Waikato)
* Sorin Baiasu (Vienna/Keele)
The School gives 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of moral and political theory/philosophy a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes. This will be the fifth ECPR Summer School organised at Keele and the first organised by the ECPR Kantian Political Thought Standing Group.
Apart from the taught sessions, there will be student papers, social events and opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside near Keele (including a visit to “Rousseau’s cave”, where he wrote the first drafts of his Confessions).
The Summer School was awarded by the ECPR two travel and accommodation grants (up to €165 each). For further information, please see the Summer School’s website (www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool).
To apply, please go to: www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool/applications The deadline for the receipt of applications is 18 April 2014. Acceptances will be emailed by 21 April 2014.
Summer School Convenors:
* Sorin Baiasu, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna/Philosophy Programme, SPIRE, Keele University
* Ruhi Demiray, Philosophy Programme, SPIRE, Keele University/Department of Politics and Public Administration, Kocaeli University
Inquiries concerning the academic programme can be sent to the Summer School coordinator, Sorin Baiasu (email@example.com)
For practical questions concerning booking or payment, please contact the Keele Conference Management Team (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0044(0)1782 734629)
Further information can be found on the Summer School’s webpages (www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/summerschoolkeele - do ‘Like’ us if you can!)
Talk, Anita Leirfall (Bergen), “Kant on Absolute Space as a Ground and the Feeling of Inner Difference Between Spatial Directions”
TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130)
Thursday, April 10, 5-7pm
Kant on Absolute Space as a Ground and the Feeling of Inner Difference Between Spatial
In this talk I shall present a novel interpretation of Kant’s argument in his work Concerning the Ultimate Ground of the Differentiation of Directions in Space from 1768 that we have a distinct feeling of an inner difference between directions like, for instance, left and right, in the subject. I will argue that this feeling of an inner difference is caused by a negative magnitude which is causally efficacious. Kant presents his arguments concerning negative magnitudes in his work Attempt to Introduce the Concept of Negative Magnitudes into Philosophy from 1763. In this work he argues that a negative magnitude is an effort, or a power, of the mind. Further, we become conscious of this power of the mind through an inner feeling. A negative magnitude is a special form of mental activity that is neither the spontaneity of a discursive thought nor a receptivity of the senses. By drawing on Kant’s arguments in the latter work, I hope to shed light on some of the more convoluted arguments in Kant’s work from 1768 on space and spatial directions.
Anita Leirfall is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen. Leirfall also teaches courses in theory of science and animal and environmental ethics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Leirfall’s research focus is on the theoretical philosophy
of Immanuel Kant, in addition to a research interest in metaphysics, space, causation, agency and free will.
For more information on Prof. Leirfall:
Abstract: The paper aims to stress the structural similarities between
Goodman’s riddle of induction and Edmund Gettier’s counterexamples to the standard analysis of knowledge.
There is an article in Hurriyet about the talk here.
Talk at Yeditepe by Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Sehir) on “Consciousness and Misrepresentation” (21/03/2014)
YEDITEPE UNIVERSITY COGNITIVE SCIENCE SEMINARS (SPRING 2014)
“Consciousness and Misrepresentation”
by Assist. Prof. Dr. Sinem Elkatip Hatipoğlu (Şehir University), on March 21, at 16.00, in Law Building Room 332.
Abstract: No one denies that we humans differ significantly from what one might call our cognitive relatives, i.e. complex machines such as robots or other forms of living beings. However what marks the difference is difficult to pin down. Consciousness has been taken to be one of the best candidates to account for this difference but an account of consciousness is just as difficult to give. In this talk I focus on one particular theory of consciousness, viz. the higher-order theory of consciousness and a troubling aspect of this theory. Higher-order theories assert that a mental state is conscious when there is a higher-order representation of that mental state. For instance the perception of a blue chair is conscious when there is a higher-order representation of the perception. But since representations are not infallible, higher-order theorists embrace the possibility of having a conscious perception of a blue chair where there is a perception of a red chair or even where there is no perception. The former is usually called a misrepresentation and the latter radical misrepresentation. Even though higher-order theories have many virtues, I suggest that the possibility of a radical misrepresentation undermines some of those virtues. As such either the possibility of a radical misrepresentation needs to be denied or the phenomenon of a radical misrepresentation needs to be understood in a different way.