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Last update: 07/03/2006

    XVI Inter-University Workshop

on Philosophy and Cognitive Science   

Valencia, Spain. March 27th-29th, 2006




Invited Speaker:


Richard Moran

(Harvard University, USA)




Organized by Analytic Philosophy Group PHRÓNESIS




   The Inter-University Workshop on Philosophy and Cognitive Science was created in 1989 with the aim of enhancing the development of original research in philosophical questions related to the empirical research in cognitive science. Philosophical discussions encouraged by this workshop have focused on problems in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and epistemology. The workshop is hosted by a different Spanish university each year and is organized with the support of the Spanish Society of Analytical Philosophy (SEFA).

   The workshop tries to make easier the incorporation of young researchers to these areas of debate by facilitating the contact with prominent philosophers. These are invited to give three lectures during the workshop; about ten other people are invited to discuss different aspects of his/her work with contributed papers blindly reviewed by the scientific committee of the workshop. During the last 14 years, influential philosophers such as Daniel Dennett, Jerry Fodor, Fred Dretske, Ruth Millikan, Tyler Burge, John Searle, Jaegwon Kim, Christopher Peacocke, François Récanati, Barry Stroud, John McDowell and Robert Brandom have been invited to the workshop.

   The 16th edition of the Workshop will be held in the University of Valencia, organized by the Phronesis Group. The invited speaker on this occasion will be the American philosopher Richard Moran (Harvard University), who has published papers on metaphor, on imagination and emotional engagement with art, and on the nature of self-knowledge. A book Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge, was published by Princeton University Press in 2001. Recent publications include "The Expression of Feeling in Imagination", Philosophical Review 103 (1994), pp. 75-106; "Interpretation Theory and the First-Person", Philosophical Quarterly 44 (1994), pp. 154-73; "Self-Knowledge, Discovery, Resolution, and Undoing", European Journal of Philosophy 5 (1997), pp. 141-61; and "The Authority of Self-Consciousness", Philosophical Topics, 1999-2000.





Monday, March 27th

09.30 Reception

09.45 Presentation

10.00 Lecture I: "First-Person Authority and the Stance of Addressing"

         Richard Moran (Harvard University, USA)

11.15 Break

11.30 "When my own beliefs are not first-personal enough"

         Hilan Bensusan (U. Brasilia, Brazil), Manuel de Pinedo (U. Granada, Spain)

12.45 Break

13.00 "Identification: Transparency vs. Hierarchy"

         Luca Ferrero (Stanford University - U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

14.15 Lunch

16.15 "Knowing what we think: a Wittgensteinian approach"

         Angus Ross (University of East Anglia, UK)

17.30 Break

17.45 "Endorsement, Reasons and Intentional Action"

         Josep L. Prades (University of Girona, Spain)


Tuesday, March 28th

09.45 Lecture II: "Problems of Sincerity"

         Richard Moran (Harvard University, USA)

11.00 Break

11.15 "Feeling Good About Feeling Bad: Moran's Rakehell Revisited"

         Guy Kahane (Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics - Oxford University, UK)

12.30 Break

12.45 "Achieving to make up your mind"

         Fernando Broncano (Carlos III University, Spain)

14.00 Lunch

16.00 "Moran on Imagination and Fictional Emotions"

         Fabian Dorsch (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

17.15 Break

17.30 "Moran on Moore-Paradoxical Claims"

         Manuel García-Carpintero (University of Barcelona, Spain)


Wednesday, March 29th

09.45 Lecture III: "Speaking Your Mind and Giving Your Word"

         Richard Moran (Harvard University, USA)

11.00 Break

11.15 "Moran on Self-Knowledge, Agency and Responsibility"

         Carlos Moya (University of Valencia, Spain)

12.30 Break

12.45 "The authority of reflection"

         Carla Bagnoli (University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, USA)

14.00 Final lunch





   Valencia, situated halfway down the Eastern coast of Spain, is the third most important city in Spain. Its population is 800,000 inhabitants, or 1,500,000 counting on the suburbs.

   The average annual temperature is 16.7º C, which includes mild winters and warm summers to be enjoyed on the regions sunny white-sanded beaches, which stretch out from the City of Valencia itself along the Valencian coastline. Valencia boasts one of the largest remaining historical centres in Europe, and the city's noble past can be felt here, in what was the Economic and Cultural capital of the Mediterranean in the 14th and 15th centuries.

   The city of Valencia is easily accessible from abroad, through its port, motorway links, airport and railway network.





  • By road
    The A-7 Mediterranean Motorway runs north to south providing easy connections to Catalonia and France in the north and Murcia in the south. There are also good road connections to the rest of Spain: the N-III dual carriageway to Madrid, the N-234 Valencia-Zaragoza and the N-330 dual carriageway from Alicante to Madrid. Rail connections are also extensive.

  • By Air
    The international airport of Valencia lies 8km from the city in the township of Manises. It is of very recent date and has the most modern installations and facilities, with direct and transit connections with Spain and the rest of the world. Information: Airport, Tel. +34 96 154 6015.

  • By Rail
    Daily trains to/from Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Alicante, Port Bou, Saragossa and Bilbao, as well as the rest of the province. RENFE, Spanish Railways Information: Tel: +34 96 351 3612 and +34 96 351 2615.

  • By Sea
    From the Autonomous Valencia Port. Information Maritime Station: Tel: +34 96 323 7580. Shipping Company Compañia Trasmediterranea: Tel: +34 96 367 0704.

  • Regular national and international bus service: Bus Terminal: 13, Menendez Pidal St. Tel: +34 96 349 7222.



  • Spanish Ministry of Education

  • The Valencian Regional Ministry of Culture, Education, and Sport

  • Department of Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge (University of Valencia)

  • Spanish Society of Analytical Philosophy






   Scientific Committee:

Fernando Broncano (Universidad Carlos III, Spain)

Manuel García-Carpintero (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Manuel Hernández Iglesias (University of Murcia, Spain)

Dan López de Sa (Univ. of St. Andrews, U.K., and Univ. of Barcelona, Spain)

Diana Pérez (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Fabiola Rivera (Universidad de México, México)

Marcelo Sabatés (Kansas State University, EEUU)

Jesús Vega (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

   Organizing Committee:

Josep Corbí (University of Valencia)

Manolo Garcés (University of Valencia)

Luis Fernández Moreno (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

José Luis Pérez López (University of Valencia)



Universitat de València