segunda-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2012

Subjectivity, selfhood and agency in the Arabic and Latin Traditions - An international conference on the history of philosophical psychology and moral psychology





August 15-18, 2012, Uppsala, Sweden

 Subjectivity, consciousness, self-awareness, and the intentional
 aspects of perception and apprehension are popular topics in the
 contemporary philosophy of mind. A common thread amongst the various
   approaches to them has been dissatisfaction with the Cartesian
 paradigm of a self-constituted subject that is perfectly free in its
   volitions and epistemically transparent to itself, typically
 presented as standard for the modern age. Working from the opposite
  end, historians of philosophy and ethicists have noted that ancient
   and medieval ethics operated in a strikingly different
 understanding   of self. Far from subscribing to the Cartesian
 notion, pre-modern   moral philosophy generally took its cue from
 the assumption that   human selfhood is socially construed. Our
 instinctive apprehension   and evaluation of reality has as much to
 do with our upbringing as   it does with our conscious acts of
 cognition and evaluation.

 It is in the Middle Ages that these two lines of thought converge.
 Historians of philosophy have noted that Descartes¹ understanding of
   subjectivity did not develop in a vacuum; rather, it represents
 the   culmination of medieval debates, which in turn build on
 ancient   precedents. At the same time, the virtue ethics tradition
 underwent   significant transformations, thanks in part to pressures
 arising   from religious and legal considerations. These include a
 preoccupation with the freedom of choice and one¹s culpability for
 the character one acquires.

 The present conference invites abstracts for submissions relating to
   these issues in Antiquity, the Latin and Arabic Middle Ages, and
 the  Early Modern period. Relevant questions to consider are, for
 example: descriptions and explanations of consciousness and self-
 consciousness; degrees of self-consciousness; the conceptual shift
 from soul as the form of the human body to human self; human selves
  and the divine self; techniques of the self, constructability of
 the   self; social conditioning of human selfhood; and the dual
 concept  of  microcosm and macrocosm.

 The submissions will be allotted 30 minutes for presentation and
 discussion. An abstract of max. 300 words should be sent for
 evaluation by January 31st, 2012, to jari.kaukua@jyu.fi. At present,
   confirmed keynote speakers include Calvin Normore and Udo Thiel.

 Uppsala is located about 70km north of Stockholm (20-30 minutes from
   Arlanda airport). The fourth largest city in Sweden, Uppsala is an
   historical treasure with beautifully preserved monuments from both
   the pre-Christian and the Christian era. Uppsala University is the
   oldest in Scandinavia and presently a leading international centre
   of higher learning and research.

 The conference is jointly financed by the University of Jyväskylä
 and Uppsala University, and organized by two research groups, SSALT
  (Subjectivity and Selfhood in the Arabic and Latin Traditions) in
 Jyväskylä and Understanding Agency in Uppsala.

 For all further enquiries, please consult jari.kaukua@jyu.fi.

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