Research visits 2017/18

The following research visits will be taking place during the 2017-18 academic year

Anton Alexandrov, a PhD student at the University of Barcelona, will be visiting Oxford in June to pursue his research project on the role of the applied first-person concept in critical reasoning. Anton maintains that the role of the first-person concept in critical reasoning has been overlooked by those who argue that considerations about first-person thought can be accommodated by traditional theories of content. Anton’s work develops new arguments for the indispensibility of the applied first-person concept in critical reasoning and the need to revise traditional theories of content in light of it. Anton will be collaborating with Ofra Magidor, network institution lead for Oxford as well as others at Oxford working on critical reasoning including Anil Gomes and Philipp Koralus.

Andrew Lee, a PhD student at NYU and visiting student at Institut Jean Nicod this year, will be visiting ConceptLab-Oslo this Spring. Andrew is pursuing a research project on first-person technology. First-personal technology is technology that enhances first-personal investigation of experience. He argues that just as we use third-personal technology to control and observe the physical world, so too we can develop first-personal technology to control and observe experiences. His project involves investigaing why first-personal technology may be key to advancing the science of consciousness. He will be collaborating with Herman Cappelen, network institution lead for ConceptLab-Oslo, as well as Sebastian Watzl, Anders Nes, and Hedda Hassel-Mørch.

Laurie Paul, Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill and Professorial Fellow in the Arché Research Centre at the University of St Andrews will be visiting the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris this Spring. She will be collaborating with network institution lead, Francois Recanati, on how the mind might represent de se truths in terms of mental files. Laurie will investigate how her proposed account of de se truths, truths about ourselves “from the inside” that we discover through experience, correspond to Recanati’s account of the kind of “epistemically rewarding” relations one can stand in to oneself. She also plans to work with IJN researchers on her on-going collaborative project in cognitive science and AI on self-representation.