The new UB Philosophy Department home page will re-launched later this week!
“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.” -Bierce
Bring in the new year safely,
lunatics philosophers philunaphers.
Have a great winter break everyone! Safe travels 🙂
iCog seeks to facilitate collaboration across constituent disciplines and to raise the profile of cognitive science.
The project of cognitive science is to answer such questions as:
- What is the structure of the mind? Which parts of the mind are innate and which are learned?
- How do we come to perceive the world? What is consciousness, and how is it produced?
- What aspects of cognition are uniquely human, and which do we share with other animals?
- How are concepts formed? How do we acquire language? Does language structure thought, and if so, how?
- What capacities are involved in various kinds of decision-making and executive function?
- What is moral cognition and how does it work?
Obviously several of these questions are relevant to philosophy. Perhaps collaboration will benefit both fields?
Several amendments have been proposed to the current Bylaws. Please review the proposed changes at your leisure (festina lente). A forum has been created for discussion of the proposed changes and perhaps discussions of additional changes. The proposed changes can be found here. Links to relevant areas of the existing bylaws are embedded within the proposal.
To quote Pericles, “Be a good GPA member; review the Bylaws. Do it.”
Back for Seconds? The Irreversibility of Death
The incomparable Catherine Nolan will be giving an assuredly cheerful talk this Friday at 12pm in 141 Park Hall. Come enjoy the refreshments and what will no doubt be an intriguing topic!
141 Park Hall, November 21, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Institutionalizing Ante Rem Structuralism
Ante rem structuralism has been the focus of intense debate in the last twenty years and is subject to numerous challenges. Some of the greatest and most widely recognized challenges relate to what structures are, how ante rem structuralism differs from traditional platonism, whether ante rem structuralism can cope with structures that have nontrivial automorphisms, and whether places from distinct mathematical structures can be identified. I argue that the best way to respond to these challenges is to give up on realism and instead maintain that mathematical structures are institutional entities. I demonstrate that an institutional perspective on ante rem structuralism not only clarifies the metaphysics of mathematical structures but provides natural responses to all of the aforementioned challenges.
The Review of Metaphysics invites submissions for the 2013 Dissertation Essay Contest. The competition is open to all participants who have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in philosophy in the United States or Canada during 2013.
Entries must be a dissertation chapter or an essay based directly upon a dissertation.
Essays may be on any topic dealt with in the dissertation.
The author of the prize winning essay will receive $500.
It is expected that the winning essay will be published in The Review of Metaphysics.