Workshop Structuralism 2019 

International Workshop “Structuralism in Consciousness Studies”

Research Training Group (RTG) 2386 “Extrospection. External access to higher cognitive processes”

8–10 July 2019 in Berlin

“Structuralism in Consciousness Studies”

  • Exploring the structural, relational and non-intrinsical nature of qualia
  • Models of consciousness from third person perspective
  • Quality spaces, representational and neural structures of phenomenality

Holger Lyre and Sascha Benjamin Fink (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)
in cooperation with RTG 2386 “Extrospection. External Access to Higher Cognitive Processes” and Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal (second floor)
10117 Berlin, Germany

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Conference objectives
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.

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Mon 8 July
14:00-15:15  Lyre: Structuralism in the Philosophy and Science of the Mind
15:30-16:45  Isaac: Structural Realism for Perceptual Qualities
17:15-18:30  Papineau: Two Kinds of Colour Perception

Tue 9 July
10:00-11:15  Fink: Neuro-phenomenal Structuralism, Individuation and the Impression of Intrinsicality
11:45-13:00  Kaltwasser: Attempt of a Taxonomy of Emotions: From first-person experience to second-person expression
14:30-15:45  Raffman: Psychological Hysteresis and the Perception of Continuity
16:00-17:15  Rosenthal: Structuralism for Qualities
17:45-19:00  Decock: The Metrical Structure of Perceptual Experience

Wed 10 July
09:30-10:45  Pauen: Extrospection: Directness and Objectivity
11:00-12:15  Engel: Neural Relations Shape Consciousness
12:45-14:00  Haynes: What Does “Brain Reading” Tell Us About Phenomenology?

List of speakers

Invited speakers

Prof. David Papineau
Department of Philosophy
King's College London

Prof. Alastair Isaac
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh

Prof. David Rosenthal
Graduate Center
City University of New York

Prof. Diana Raffman
Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto

Prof. Lieven Decock
Department of Philosophy
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Prof. Andreas Engel
Institute for Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)

RTG 2386 speakers

Prof. John-Dylan Haynes
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Prof. Michael Pauen
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Laura Kaltwasser
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Holger Lyre
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Jun.-Prof. Sascha Benjamin Fink
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Invited discussants

Prof. Tobias Schlicht
Universität Bochum

Prof. Timo Torsten Schmidt
Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Markus Werning
Universität Bochum

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