SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Mindless explanations? The causal and explanatory role of mental states
(Angegliederter Workshop, English)

The relationship between physical and mental entities is the central issues in philosophy of mind. Some authors claim that this relationship is identity, and that every mental state can be at least ontologically, or even epistemically, reduced to a physical state. Others claim that this relation is supervenience, and that mental states therefore are ontologically different from physical states. Besides reductionism and supervenience, there are other positions in the debate, such as property dualism, substance dualism and panpsychism. For each of these positions the question arises how our perception and knowledge of mental entities relates to our scientific understanding of the physical world.
Can mental states causally influence physical states? What is the causal role of the mind? Are mental concepts indispensable in cognitive science? What explanatory role do they play? The symposium gathers talks that address these questions from different perspectives: philosophy of mind, theory and modelling of causation, psychological models and cognitive neuroscience.
In particular, we want to address questions on the intersection of philosophy, psychology and neuroscience such as the following: Which role do psychological and neuropsychological models assign to mental states? Can a mental state play an explanatory role in understanding a brain state? What does it mean to study brain states as responses to mental, e.g. linguistic stimuli? Are mental diseases fully explained by physical causes? And if so, how can psychotherapeutic intervention be explained?

Chair: Maria Sekatskaya & Corina Strößner
Zeit: 16:00-20:00, 19. September 2019 (Donnerstag)
Ort: SR 1.003

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