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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Understanding others, 11-12 March 2013, Oxford (U.K.)

Location: University of Oxford, St Hilda's College, Jacqueline du Pr 

Organisers: Dr Anita Avramides & Dr Michael Sollberger

The workshop aims to bring together researchers who work on the problem of 
other minds, i.e., the question of how we understand and know about the mental 
lives of other people. The problem of other minds is a topic that interests 
philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists alike. The interest in this 
problem can be explained by reference to its scope, variety, and 
inter-disciplinary nature. In fact, it forms part of the broader context of 
social cognition, i.e., of how we perceive, understand, emotionally apprehend, 
and interpret the intentional activity of others. There are many differing 
approaches to the problem of other minds within philosophy: there is the 
approach of analytical philosophy, as well as that of the phenomenological 
tradition. Even within analytical philosophy there are those who take this to 
be an epistemological issue and those that insist it is largely conceptual. 
There is important work being done in both psychology and neuroscience that can 
used to advance our understanding here. The workshop will highlight the current 
state of the art, provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, and open up 
innovative questions for future research.


Monday, 11 March
9.00 - 9.30 Coffee and registration
9.30 - 11.00 Shaun Gallagher (Memphis): In your face: Embodied and enactive 
social cognition
11.00 - 11.15 Tea
11.15 - 12.45 Anita Avramides (Oxford): TBA
12.45 - 14.30 Sandwich lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Sren Overgaard (Copenhagen): Other minds and disjunctivism about 
16.00 - 16.30 Tea
16.30 - 18.00 Michael Sollberger (Oxford/Fribourg): Other minds and the 
knowledge asymmetry

Tuesday, 12 March
9.15 - 10.45 Anil Gomes (Oxford): Problems of other minds
10.45 - 11.00 Tea
11.00 - 12.30 Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris): A puzzle about 
12.30 - 14.00 Sandwich lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Jane Heal (Cambridge): 'You' and 'I'
15.30 - 16.00 Tea
16.00 - 17.30 Paul Snowdon (UCL London): TBA
17.30 - 18.15 Speakers roundtable discussion


To register please send an email to: []

Fees (include teas and sandwich lunches on both days):

Staff and students of Oxford University: 10

Staff and students of other philosophy departments: 20

Others: 50

In the email please indicate your name and surname, affiliation, fee category, 
and whether you prefer vegetarian food. All fees will be collected at the 
workshop venue. Places are limited, so it is appreciated that you register as 
soon as possible.

We are very thankful for the support of the Aristotelian Society, the Faculty 
of Philosophy at Oxford, John Fell OUP Research Fund, Mind & Language, and St 
Hilda's College.