Research Visits 2016/17

Each year, the project funds a number of research visits for both, senior and early career researchers, from the institutions within the project’s network. In 2016/17, we have accepted applications from three researchers at LOGOS based at the University of Barcelona. Read on to find out what they had to say about their experience.

Daniel Morgan, a Postdoctoral Fellow at LOGOS, visited Oxford in January 2017.

Daniel’s research addresses the issue of de se attitudes and their relation to agency. He writes, “I found my two-week research visit to Oxford exceptionally helpful and productive. The work I was doing connected the debate in Philosophy of Mind and Action –about de se mental states and the special role they seem to play in explaining intentional action –with the debate in Epistemology –about the safety requirement on knowledge, the requirement that if one knows then one couldn’t easily have believed falsely.”

“I had exceptionally helpful individual meetings with Timothy Williamson and Ofra Magidor, two world experts on the debate on safety, and with Lucy Campbell, an expert on theories of intentional action. Towards the end of my stay, I gave a talk at Oxford’s Theoretical Work in Progress seminar, which gave me an opportunity to present my proposal to a more general audience.”

Daniel also presented his research outcomes in a talk entitled “Luck and the De Se” at the conference Problem of the De Se: Perspectives from Linguistics and Philosophy, which took place in Oslo in March 2017.

Carlota Serrahima, a PhD student at the University of Barcelona, visited Paris in June 2017 to collaborate with the researchers at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN).

Carlota is currently writing a dissertation about the sense of bodily ownership (SBO) which discusses a class of first-person thoughts, namely thoughts about our own bodies. She writes, “During my three-week visit at the IJN, I mainly worked on the central chapter of my dissertation, in which I present a proposal on so-called sense of bodily ownership. On my view, subjects are aware of the bodies they feel proprioceptively as being their own in virtue of their awareness that the felt bodily properties are dependent on the occurrence of their own experiences. In order to articulate this view, I put forward the notion of a sensory field for proprioceptive states, which I call the bodily field.

In Paris, I presented my view and discussed it with the audience of the Journées d’étude on ‘Consciousness, Self, and Value’. I also discussed my draft extensively with Frédérique de Vignemont, Jérôme Dokic, Uriah Kriegel, and Géraldine Carranante, who specialize on topics directly relevant to my research. Furthermore, in my meetings with de Vignemont I had the chance to debate with her about some of the contents of her forthcoming book on bodily awareness. Finally, I attended some of the many activities going on at the IJN, such as the Journée d’étude ‘The Philosophy of Moods’, and Susanna Siegel’s talks on perception and inference.”

Michele Palmira, a Postdoctoral Fellow at LOGOS, also visited Institut Jean Nicod in June 2017.

Michele’s research focuses on the singularity of first-person thoughts. He writes, “I’ve spent a truly thought-provoking one-month research stay at the IJN. The collaborative and welcoming atmosphere has given me the opportunity to work on my research in close interaction with members of the Institute, in particular Michael Murez and François Recanati.”

“During my visit to IJN, I have become increasingly curious in taking up the question “What’s so special about first-person thought?” by looking at the allegedly special epistemic properties of such thoughts. In particular, I have asked myself whether the very peculiar immunity to error through misidentification (IEM) exhibited by a certain class of first-person judgements is exhibited by other classes of singular judgements. I am investigating whether arithmetic judgements, such as ‘3 is the successor of 2’, can exhibit the same kind of immunity that first-person judgements enjoy. I argue that first-person thought is not epistemically unique in exhibiting IEM, for some arithmetic judgements also enjoy this kind of immunity.”

“Working at IJN has been incredibly productive. I managed to complete a first draft of a paper on these topics at the end of my stay, and I have already presented part of this research at the 2017 ESPP conference at the University of Hertfordshire in August. I have also greatly benefited from discussion with some of the distinguished invited professors at IJN, in particular Robin Jeshion (USC) and Susanna Siegel (Harvard). I also attended the Consciousness, Self, and Value workshop organised by Uriah Kriegel, Robin Jeshion’s Context and Content Lectures, and Susanna Siegel’s lectures on perception and inference.”

If you’re interested in applying for a research visit funding in 2017/18 academic year, please go to Research Visits 2017/18 for more information.