International Workshop “Structuralism in Consciousness Studies”
According to a classical understanding, phenomenal properties are intrinsic and qualitative. As a consequence, these properties escape a scientific third person perspective which seems limited to quantitative and relational (or “structural”) properties. This view, however, has recently come under attack. Picking up on this discussion, the conference will discuss the prospects of structural models of consciousness. These models allow for a third person, extrospective view on consciousness which is unaffected by the limitations and intricacies of first person introspection.
The conference will bring together researchers from philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience to explore the prospects and limitations of structural methods and models in consciousness studies. A particular emphasis lies on structural accounts of phenomenality such as quality spaces or structural realism about qualities as well as a structural understanding of the underlying neural vehicles.