segunda-feira, 23 de abril de 2012


29 June and 1 July 2012
The academy Die Wolfsburg, Falkenweg 6, 
45478 Mülheim an der Ruhr (GERMANY)

The conference is organized by Neil Roughley and Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen University).

The conference brings together leading international experts on human action and behaviour from both the empirical sciences and philosophy, to discuss in an interdisciplinary setting recent developments in the empirical and theoretical study of automaticity and habits. We often act automatically – without awareness or a preceding conscious intention – as for example when we act out of habit or when we exercise a skill. These behaviours pose challenging questions: how are they to be explained? Can we reconcile them within the intentional activity of a rational planning agent? Can we still talk of control and responsibility in such cases? On the one hand, such practices are so common and frequent that we must be able to account for them within agents’ normal rational lives; on the other hand, lack of awareness poses a serious problem to the attribution of intentionality and responsibility. We propose to tackle these important questions by bringing together for the first time the leading empirical psychologists and philosophers working in the field.


Peter Gollwitzer (Konstanz/NYU)
Richard Holton (MIT)
David Neal (Duke)
Gabriele Oettingen (Hamburg/NYU)
Timothy Schroeder (Ohio State)
Frank Esken (Salzburg)
Paschal Sheeran (Sheffield)
Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam)
Wendy Wood (Southern California)
Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen)

Contact: Dr. Ezio Di Nucci, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (DEUTSCHLAND), [+49] (0)201/183-3957, ezio [dot] dinucci [at] uni-due [dot] de

Registration: You may register for the conference until May 31st by emailing Ezio Di Nucci (ezio[dot]dinucci[at]uni-due[dot]de). Places are limited and will be assigned on first-come first-served basis. There is a conference fee of 27€ (or 9€ per day).

For further information please visit the conference website:

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