Full Programme: Philosophical Accounts of Action 1500-2000

Monday 13 May 2013

PHILOSOPHICAL ACCOUNTS OF ACTION 1500-2000
Chancellors Hall, 9.30am - 6.30pm, Thurs 16 - Fri 17 May 2013.
In conjunction with Oxford Brookes University. Supported by OUP and Mind Association
Winner of the Annual Conference competition for 2012/13

Accounts of human and animal action have been central to modern philosophy from Suarez and Hobbes to Anscombe and Davidson, via Locke, Reid, Hume, Kant, and Hegel (among others). Such accounts have influenced the course of history for both ethics and the philosophy of mind. The conference gathers together specialists working in both the philosophy of action and the history of ideas, with the aim of re-assessing the philosophical impact of action theory. It shall explore how different notions of action, agency, motive, and volition have affected modern philosophical understandings of issues as diverse as those of human nature, mental causation, responsibility, free will, rationality, criminal liability, and moral obligation. In so doing, it aims to trace the devlopment of philosophy of action throughout the history of modern philosophy.

FULL PROGRAMME

Thurs 16 May
9.30-10.00 -Registration & Coffee

10.00-11.15 - Tom Pink (King's College London): Suarez and Hobbes on Action and Volition

11.15-12.30 - Tom Stoneham (York): Motion and Action between Descartes and Locke

12.30-13.30 - Lunch break (own arrangments)

13.30-14.45 - Tito Magri (Sapienza, Rome): Taking Actions First

14.45-16.00 - Arto Laitinen (University of Jyväskylä), Erasmus Mayr (Queen's College Oxford), & Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes): Kant and Hegel on Action in Ethics

16.00- 16.30 - Coffee

16.30-17.45 -  Maria Alvarez (King's College London): Reid on Agency

17.45 - 18.45  - Drinks reception (sponsored by Oxford University Press)

Friday 17 May
9.30-10.00 -Registration & Coffee

10.00-11.15 - Giuseppina D'Oro (Keele): Collingwood on the Everyday and Philosophical Sense of ‘Action'

11.15-12.30 - Jonathan Dancy (Texas at Austin): Prichard on causing a change

12.30-13.30 - Lunch break

13.30-14.45 - Julia Tanney (Kent): Subtracting my arm’s going up from my raising my arm: Wittgenstein, Ryle, et al. on the ‘thickness’ of action

14.45-16.00 - Roger Teichmann (St Hilda's, Oxford): The Voluntary and the Involuntary: Themes from Anscombe

16.00-16.15 - Coffee

16.15-17.30 John Hyman (Queen's College): Davidson v. Anscombe

17.45 Close

REGISTRATION (essential)
To register please send a message to philosophy@sas.ac.uk with “Philosophical Accounts 16-17 May 2013” as the subject header. In the message please state in the following format:
1. Surname, Forename
2. Your fees category
3. Any affiliation (current staff and students should state department and/or course)

FEES (includes all teas):
£10 UOL AND OXFORD BROOKES CURRENT STAFF AND STUDENTS OF PHILOSOPHY & IP INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
£20 STAFF AND STUDENTS OF OTHER PHILOSOPHY DEPTS
£40 STANDARD

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