Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences

Country: Ireland

City: Dublin

Abstr. due: 24.08.2014

Dates: 05.11.14 — 07.11.14

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

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Organizers: School of Philosophy, University College Dublin


This conference seeks to explore the nature and character of conscious thinking from a philosophical and phenomenological perspective. While consciousness studies have been mainly focused on sensations, perceptions and emotions, cognition has received less attention with respect to its conscious and experiential character. Within the broad domain of conscious thinking we find the experience of entertaining, considering, understanding, deliberating, doubting, intending, calculating, judging, etc., among others. This conference wants to shed light into the nature of these and other cognitive experiences through the discussion of some of their features: conscious and phenomenal character, linguistic dimension, temporality, embodiment, active/passive aspects, first-person access, or their relation to imagination, rationality and pathological cases of thought.

Possible topics include:

- How should we characterize the nature of different cognitive experiences?
- Which are the main structural similarities and differences between them regarding phenomenal and conscious character, temporality, linguistic dimension, embodiment, first-person access or active and passive aspect?
- How are the structural features of the different cognitive episodes related to each other?
- What can delusions and pathologies of thought tell us about these features?
- How should we characterize pathologies of thought?
- What is the range of cognition and how is it connected to rationality or to imagination?
- What is the role of the will in conscious thinking?
- What can we learn from a philosophical and/or phenomenological perspective in combination with psychology and cognitive sciences when it comes to experiences of thinking?

Format: extended abstracts of 1.000 words (approximately).

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