Workshop: Matthew Boyle: the Significance of Self-Consciousness

A Conference at the University of Leipzig, 11-14 June 2019

 

Lecture by Matthew Boyle: Skepticism About Self-Understanding

University of Leipzig, June 11, 2019

Venue: Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca ALBERTINA, Beethovenstrasse 6

Abstract

Although much in our lives is opaque to us, it is nevertheless true that a central strand of our thought and action has a certain seeming intelligibility.  A mark of this is that we normally stand ready to answer questions about why we believe what we believe and why we do what we do.  It is true that we sometimes find our own thoughts and choices mystifying.  Still, we are, to a striking degree, prepared to offer, without self-observation or inference from other evidence, explanations of our own beliefs and actions.  Our naïve confidence in our capacity for such self-understanding is, however, called into question by various well-known results in social and behavioral psychology.  These results have led a number of philosophers and psychologists to suggest that our sense of immediate self-understanding is an illusion, not just in certain cases, but in general.

I argue that the grounds for such skepticism are overstated, and that our naïve assumption of self-understanding has a deeper basis than its critics recognize.  I go on to draw some more general morals about the relation between intentionality and self-understanding, and about the place of the “first person perspective” in a human life.

Papers

The workshop papers will be distributed in advance, through a password protected folder (click here). You may contact the organizers for access ( jonas.held [at] uni-leipzig.de )

Workshop: the Significance of Self-Consciousness

University of Leipzig, 12-14 June 2019

Organizers: James Conant (University of Chicago/Leipzig), Jonas Held (University of Leipzig) and Martijn Wallage (University of Leipzig)

Program

10:00-11:15

Speaker: Bastian Schönfeld – Perceiving and the Concept of Perception

Moderator: Gilad Nir

 

11:45-13:00

Speaker: Ryan Simonelli – Can the content of perception be conceptual

Moderator: Andrea Kern

 

Lunchbreak

 

15:00-16:15

Speaker: Laura Davis – Spontaneity as Act and Activity

Moderator: James Conant

 

16:45-18:00

Speaker: Michael Powell – Transparent Self-Knowledge and ‘Non-Positional’ Self-Consciousness

Moderator: Jana Thesing

 

Dinner

 

 

Thursday, June 13:

 

10:00-11:15

Speaker: Joachim Rautenberg – Life and Autonomy

Moderator: Eric Marcus

 

11:45-13:00

Speaker: Rory Hanlon – Aristotle’s critique of Additive Theories of Soul

Moderator: Isabell Sickenberger

 

Lunchbreak

 

15:00-16:15

Speaker: Sophie Gounoue – Making it mine

Moderator: Kristina Musholt

 

16:45-18:00

Speaker: Hậu Nguyễn Trung – Transparency and the Body (Response by Clint Montgomery)

Moderator: Martijn Wallage

 

Dinner

 

 

Friday, June 14:

 

10:00-11:15

Speaker: Noah Waldschmidt – Do “p” and “I think p” have different subject matters

Moderator: Dawa Ometto

 

11:45-13:00

Speaker: Simon Gurofsky – Function, Organization, and Categorial and Subordinate Forms

Moderator: Maggie Sandholm

 

Lunchbreak

 

15:00-16:15

Speaker: Lukas Hohmann – Deliberation as challenge for energetic belief

Moderator: Jonas Held

 

16:45-18:00

Speaker: Pirachula Chulanon – Are there two Kinds of Self-Consciousness in Kant

Moderator: Gino Margani

 

Dinner

Contact:

humboldt.philosophie.leipzig@gmail.com

Location

Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca Albertina
Beethovenstrasse 6
04103 Leipzig

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