Each year, the project will fund a number of research visits for both senior and early career researchers from the institutions within the project’s network. So far, we have accepted applications from three researchers at LOGOS based at the University of Barcelona.
Daniel Morgan, a Postdoctoral Fellow at LOGOS, will be visiting Oxford in January 2017. His research addresses the issue of de se attitudes and their relation to agency. The cases cited to support the claim that de se is essential for certain actions all seem to involve examples of rational, intentional agency. According to the conjecture that Daniel is currently developing, it is precisely the rational nature of the actions in question – rather than anything about the causal explanation of the bodily movements that constitute them – that is the source of the need for the de se. During his research visit, Daniel will be collaborating with Oxford philosophers Timothy Williamson, Lucy Campbell and the project’s institutional lead for Oxford, Ofra Magidor, about the current and future direction of his research.
Carlota Serrahima, a PhD student at the University of Barcelona, will be visiting Paris in June 2017 to collaborate with the researchers at the Institut Jean Nicod. She 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. Her research examines what the epistemic grounds of SBO are and how these grounds help to explain some of the core features of the phenomenon of SBO. Carlota will collaborate with Frédérique De Vignemont in order to clarify the relations between SBO and certain features of proprioceptively-based first-person judgements such as their immunity to error through misidentification. She will also work on developing an original proposal about the SBO, according to which it consists of the subject’s awareness that the felt bodily properties are constitutively dependent on the occurrence of the experience of which they are a content.
Michele Palmira, a Postdoctoral Fellow at LOGOS, will also visit Institut Jean Nicod in June 2017. His research focuses on the singularity of first-person thoughts. Michele aims at challenging the assumption that what it takes for a thinker to entertain a singular thought is for her to be suitably epistemically related to the object of thought. He will be exploring the idea that there is a more basic cognitive function of singular thinking that is multiply realised depending on the kind of objects that the thought is about. By making room for this possibility, Michele conjectures that thinking singularly about ourselves doesn’t involve getting information about ourselves in any special way. He claims that the distinctiveness of first-person thought is not epistemic, but cognitive. While visiting the institute, Michele will collaborate on a joint paper on this cognitive approach with Michael Murez. He will also have a chance to work with François Recanati, Brent Strickland and Robin Jehsion (USC) who will be delivering the Content and Context lectures in Paris in June 2017.