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Life and Mind. Aristotelian themes in contemporary philosophy - 05-06/09/2019, Paris (France)

Aristotle’s views on the nature of life and mind, and the relation between them, are taking on a renewed significance in contemporary philosophy. Increasingly, Aristotelian themes arise in a number of different fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology, metaethics, and philosophy of biology. Central issues include whether Aristotle’s conception of human nature can usefully form the ground of a naturalized ethics, whether current discussions of the continuity between life and mind can benefit from Aristotle’s own version of the continuity thesis, whether evolutionary biology could benefit from a theory of the organism of the sort that Aristotle’s biological works offer.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/09/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris (Paris, France)


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5 September

11:00 - welcome.

11:30-13:00 - Session 1: Keynote Address

James Lennox (Pittsburgh): Organisms, Agency and Aristotle

13:00-14:15 - lunch break.

14:15-15:45 - Session 2: Thinking, Sensing, Remembering

Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, London): Aristotle on Animal Cognition.

Véronique Decaix (Paris 1): Title TBA

15:45 - 16:15 - coffee break.

16:15-17:45 - Session 3: neo-Aristotelian Metaethics

Denis Walsh (Toronto): Human Nature: the neo-Aristotelian evolutionary perspective

Pia Campeggiani (Bologna): ‘An unbroken series of successful gestures’: affective habituation and social affordances in Aristotle’s ethics.

6 September

9:30-11:00 - Session 4: Keynote Address

Victor Caston (Michigan): Aristotle on the Unity of Psychology

11:00-11:30 - coffee break.

11:30-13:00 - Session 5: The Theory of Organisms

Anna Marmodoro (Durham) and Christopher Austin (Oxford): Power Structuralism: An Ontology of Organisms.

Laura Nuño de la Rosa (Complutense, Madrid): From the Method of Division to the Theory of Transformations: Thompson after Aristotle, and Aristotle after Thompson

13:00-14:15 - lunch.

14:15-15:45 - Session 6: Life, Mind, Continuity

Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen): Talk of the Psychic and Talk of the Mental

Michael Wheeler (Stirling): Embodied Cognition and the Deep Continuity of Life and Mind: an Aristotelian Interrogation

15:45-16:15 - coffee break.

16:15-17:00 - closing remarks and general discussion.

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