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Workshop - Emotion and Prediction

Online | 31 March - 1 April 2021 | 12h-14h GMT

Emotion permeates all mental life - it is a reflection of how we are faring in our various pursuits, it imbues our activities and our environments with meaning and purpose, and it motivates and modulates our behaviours. We are emotional creatures through and through. While there has been a tremendous amount of work done on this topic, to date an integrative account capable of unifying the various theoretical perspectives and experimental results is still lacking.
Recently, a possible unifying account of cognition (and perhaps emotion) has begun to emerge within computational neuroscience. According to the so-called predictive processing framework the brain is constantly attempting to minimize the discrepancy between its sensory expectations and its actual incoming sensory signals. This framework offers an architecture in which distinct functions can be explained at their different time-scales by the same computational principles, and where distinct theories can find a common language, which brings fruitful modelling advantages. As such it is quickly becoming an attractive way of carrying out theoretical and experimental research in cognitive science.
More recently this framework has most recently begun to serve as the architectural basis for an exciting and very promising new account of feelings, emotions and moods. This workshop will bring together philosophers and cognitive scientists working on predictive processing and emotion in order to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue about the nature of emotion in predictive system like us.

Speakers  :

Regina Fabry 
Daphne Demakas 
Slawa Loev 
Pablo Fernández (Organisateur)
Mark Miller 
Abby Tabor 
José M. Araya 

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Workshop - Imagination & Memory : A Matter of Degrees ?

(Date to come)

In line with traditional philosophical thinking, recent empirical results from psychology and neuroscience have suggested that imagination and memory are intimately related in a variety of ways. This has reinforced the idea that the intersection of the philosophy of imagination and the philosophy of memory is a potentially fruitful area for research. What is the relationship between imagination and memory ? Are they mental states of the same kind ? Do they allow us to know the world in the same way ? This workshop will discuss various questions of mutual interest to philosophers of imagination and philosophers of memory, with the goal of promoting future philosophical research at the intersection of these two domains.

Speakers :

Alma Barner (University of Antwerp)
Erica Cosentino (Ruhr University of Bochum)
Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College) 
Julia Langkau (University of Fribourg)
Peter Langland-Hassan (Cincinnati University)
Christopher McCarroll (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes)
Erik Myin (University of Antwerp)
Denis Perrin (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes)
André Sant’Anna (Washington University in St.Louis)

The workshop is organised by Margherita Arcangeli (EHESS-IJN), Chrostopher McCarroll (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes) and André Sant’Anna (Washington University in St.Louis).

It is financed by the IJN, SublimAE project (ANR-18-CE27-0023-01) and the Centre for Philosophy of Memory (grant ANR-15-IDEX-02).


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