CCR Director Emma Borg’s paper ‘Millikan, Meaning and Minimalism‘ has just been recognised as one of the Top 20 most downloaded papers from the journal *Theoria* in 2017-18. The paper, which explores connections between Ruth Millikan’s seminal naturalistic approach to meaning and Borg’s own ‘semantic minimalist’ account, was written on the occasion of the award of the Rolf Schock Prize to Millikan.
We are delighted to announce the eighth year of the ‘Reading Emotions’ meeting on 6th and 7th June, 2019. This year, our theme is
‘About time: Temporal perspectives on affective processes’, featuring talks by Randy McIntosh, Carien van Reekum, Katie Gray, Sonia Bishop, and Luiz Pessoa.
Affective processes are inherently dynamic, from both first and second person perspectives. How we perceive and respond to the expression of emotion in others, and how we experience emotion ourselves are time-dependent, dynamic processes. Yet, a substantial majority of emotion research ignores the temporal aspects of affective processes. This meeting will focus on empirical approaches to study the temporal aspects of affective processes, using multiple techniques to measure behaviour and brain activity.
Registration and Abstract submission is now open. The meeting has limited capacity, so please register ASAP.
CCR members may be interested in this conference in London in June:
We are delighted to announce that Prof. Daniel Dennett will be visiting the University of Reading in May to deliver the prestigious Albert Wolters Lecture (9th May).
Before the lecture he will also give the keynote talk at a symposium on ‘Growing Autonomy in Human and Artificial Agents’ (8th May). Finally, in the run-up to his visit, we will be running two discussion sessions on Dennett’s work (20th and 27th March).
Further details of all events can be found here.
To book a place at the Albert Wolters lecture, please register here. For queries about the symposium, please contact Emma Borg (email@example.com).
We are delighted to announce the programme for the CCR summer seminar series 2019 (the seventh consecutive year of this seminar programme). This year’s topic is:
Developing and Applying New Quantitative Methods in Experimental Philosophy of Language
Please see details below regarding a CINN-funded multidisciplinary VR event taking place at the Henley Business School (Whiteknights) on Monday 11 June, 2018.
Virtual technologies have become increasingly prevalent in the modern world. The affordability of such technologies have made them accessible across disciplines and we continue to see a growing interest in using virtual tools and simulated realities, not only in the playground of game-related development but now across several research divisions.
This interdisciplinary symposium will explore applications of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in various fields across the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. The event will include talks exploring the philosophy of virtual reality, digitally-constructed ancient worlds, virtual morality, the history of virtual reality, and much more!
There are three main aims for the day:
1) To introduce the concept of VR
2) To explore the value, impact, and contribution of using VR in various fields
3) To provide hands-on and interactive experiences for individuals who are interested in utilising these technologies
Please see the poster (attached) and visit https://uorevent.wixsite.com/vrsymposium for more information. The event is FREE but spaces are limited so please register attendance via the website or following link: https://goo.gl/forms/MukLZ0CqMMb81WVT2 (by June 7th).
If you are interested in showing/presenting any of your own work (on VR/AR or 3D Visualisation) at the event, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the run up to our ‘Pain and Belief: from meaning to modulation’ conference (12-13th June), the CCR summer seminar this will be on the same topic, looking at papers by the external speakers. Timetable is below and all are very welcome!
All meetings are: Tuesdays 2-3.30pm
Readings available at:
|8th May||Williams: What can evolutionary theory tell us about chronic pain?||G79 Psych||Tim Salomons|
|15th May||Aydede: ‘Pain: perception or introspection?’ (8 pages), ‘Is the experience of pain transparent?’ Sec. 6||Edith Morley G73 (Philosophy)||Emma Borg|
|29th May||Wiech: Deconstructing the sensation of pain||G79 Psych||Wiebke Gandhi|
|5th June||Bain: ?||G79 Psych||Nat Hansen|
|12th & 13th June||PAIN AND BELIEF CONFERENCE||https://sites.google.com/site/readingemotions/|
Healthcare professionals, or those with links to practitioners, might be interested in this piece on conscientious objection in healthcare, from Reading philosopher Prof. David Oderberg, ahead of the 2018 Committee Stage for the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill in the House of Lords: