Event Schedule

Sunday, July 2
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 3:30 pm
Napier 102 Ground Floor Foyer
  • Owl (Speaker) AAP

Check in for the 2017 Conference.

Thank you :D 

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
Napier 102

The Australasian Association of Philosophy invites all AAP members to attend it's Annual General Meeting for 2017.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
Foyer outside Napier 102
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm 6:30 pm
Napier 102
Monday, July 3
9:00 am - 10:30 am 9:00 am
Napier 102
  • Barry Smith (Speaker) Professor, University of London

Philosophers often appeal to experiences to serve as the basis of judgments of various kinds: about what we perceive, the emotions we feel, our appreciation of art works or music. The experiences appealed to are taken to be known through and throu...

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10:30 am - 11:00 am 10:30 am

Morning Tea - each day 10:30 - 11AM

11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG18

STREAM - Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Disorder.

 

This presentation will focus on a series of shifts within 20th century psychiatry (and to an extent psychology) which positioned the discipline as being unequivocally empirical and r...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG12
  • Peter Forrest (Speaker) Adjunct Professor - School of Humanities, University of New England

STREAM - Nature of Instantiation: Issues and Options.

In this paper I provide a speculative solution to the instantiation of universals. The theory of universals is sparse in the sense that not all univocal predicates correspond to universals, but...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG24
  • Kim Sterelny (Speaker) Professor, Australian National University

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

Just about everyone who works on the evolution of social or moral norms connects the evolution of norms to the distinctive character of human cooperation. More specifically, important recent work has connected the e...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG11

Postgraduate Presentation Prize Short List

Enactivism is the position that cognition is a dynamic relationship between an agent and the environment. On this framework, agency can be thought of as ongoing, action-oriented, and phenomenologically fu...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
108

Edward Craig (1990) and Michael Welbourne (1986, 2000) share the view that testimony is not merely one source of knowledge among others. Rather they agree that our practices of sharing information are what make sense of the concept of knowledge. W...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG19

How can Peircean epistemology help us to understand Arendtian political reality? In this political ‘world of appearances’, belief and doubt operate to respond to and (re)create a mutable reality where ‘humanity’ is both the...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
144
  • Jon Keyzer (Speaker) PhD student, University of Otago

David Plunkett and Tim Sundell (2013) claim that some recent arguments from disagreement, including the Moral Twin Earth argument devised by Horgan and Timmons (1992), depend on the false assumption that all genuine disagreements are canonical dis...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG15
  • Sam Baron (Speaker) Dr, University of Western Australia

I lay out three desiderata for shaping the discussion of what metaphysics is: (i) Appropriateness; (ii) Neutrality and (iii) Uniqueness. I then provide a taxonomy of meta-metaphysical positions regarding the nature of metaphysics itself. I argue t...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
G03

Dr Emma A. Jane - School of Arts and Media University of New South Wales

Cognitive enhancement (CE) medications and devices - for instance, so-called 'smart drugs', and transcranial electrical and magnetic brain stimulators - may change socie...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Disorder.

In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), practitioners are trained in several techniques for evaluating and altering their thoughts. Because these techniques resemble methods taught in philo...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Nature of Instantiation: Issues and Options.

Oliver's and Rodriguez-Pereyra's important interpretation of the problem of universals as one concerning truthmakers neglects a crucial aspect of the problem: that there is a numerical identity...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG11

Postgraduate Presentation Prize Short List.

The basic mechanistic approach to explanation assumes that target systems have a spatiotemporal organisation similar to that of a classical machine like a car engine or watch. Many biological systems, li...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG14
  • On-Yi Sin (Speaker) Chinese University of Hong Kong

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Post-Quine metaphysicians have gone a long way to debate whether certain kinds of objects exist. Recently, the status of general existence questions is challenged. Figuring out what there is is a central task of Qu...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
G03
  • Una Stojnic (Speaker) Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Additional Author: Matthew Stone, Department of Computer Science and RuCCS, Rutgers University

“John is tall” is both context-sensitive and vague. Yet we can communicate with it even if no one knows how tall is tall or how tall John is...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG15

Heidegger’s neglect of the body in his existential analytic of Dasein has been a favorite target for his critics (Franck 1986, Malpas 2008, Haar 1993, Aho 2009, Cerbone 2000). I think this approach is somehow wrongheaded because it fails in ...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG19

Work on slurring terms has focused on racial and ethnic slurs, without much attention being paid to gendered slurs like “slut,” “bitch,” or “sissy.” These terms throw into question assumptions made about slurrin...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
144

The purpose of my presentation is to shed some light on the interrelationship between the jus ad bellum Proportionality and Reasonably Probability of Success criteria. This inquiry is motivated by recent assertions in Just War Theory literature th...

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG12
  • Javier Cumpa (Speaker) Senior Research Talent Attraction Fellow, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

STREAM - Nature of Instantiation: Issues and Options.

Are properties universal or particular? According to Universalism, properties are universals because there is a certain fundamental tie that makes properties capable of being shareable by more ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG24

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

To understand what mind uploading is, let us examine a number of definitions and characterizations of the proposed process, and in doing so, choose, with special attention, what can be the best option for my study. ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG14
  • Matt Farr (Speaker) Dr, University of Queensland

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

What would it be for a process to happen backwards in time? Would such a process involve different causal relations? It is common to understand the time reversal invariance of a physical theory in causal terms, suc...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
AGSA Auditorium

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

This paper develops a philosophical account of a controversial, but central and distinctive feature of contemporary art school education: group critiques, or crits as they are widely known. A notable detractor, the a...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG15
  • Tim Oakley (Speaker) Research Associate, La Trobe University

The BIV (brain-in-vat) argument is of course the argument that we lack knowledge of, or justified belief about, facts in the world around us, because all of our sensory experience could be the result of our brains being stimulated by computer-gene...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
144

This paper examines the debate between Arthur Collins and Robert Brandom concerning the meaning of explicit expressions of belief. Collins argues that no constitutive account of belief can be correct as no such account can capture a speaker’...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG11

Postgraduate Presentation Prize Short List

When faced with infinite total value, as in the universe we inhabit, consequentialist moral theories appear to imply nihilism [Nelson 1991; Smith 2003; Bostrom 2011]. To retain some form of consequentiali...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG19

According to the Public Justification Principle (PJP), political authority is legitimate only if it is justifiable to all reasonable persons. Steven Wall raises the objection that the PJP is self-defeating (2002). The thought is that since reasona...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
G03
  • Glenda Satne (Speaker) Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong

One important application of theories of collective intentionality is in contributing to explain the evolution of social understanding - and even of human thinking (Tomasello 2014).  A promising idea behind this approach is The Cooperative Ev...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG18
  • Anna Blum (Speaker) PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales

STREAM - Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Disorder.

This paper will examine how both Kantian and Aristotelian approaches define personhood and whether cognitively disabled children are included as persons. Whether such children are indeed pe...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
AGSA Auditorium

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Our presentation will look at a number of our past projects that use systems or codes to make sense of the ubiquitous objects around us. Objects we have worked with in the past include houses, caravans, cars, beer bo...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG12
  • Anthony Fisher (Speaker) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Manchester

STREAM - Nature of Instantiation: Issues and Options.

The concept of instantiation is realised differently in different metaphysical theories. According to the classical theory of abstract particulars (a.k.a. tropes), instantiation and predication...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG24

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

The 'code model' of communication stands in opposition to actual human communication, where pragmatic inference plays a fundamental role. Code-like communication requires associative learning, and pragmatic inferenc...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Additional Author: John Bigelow - Monash University

There are things that richly deserve the name ‘laws of nature’ even though they are not exceptionless regularities. Similarly there are some things th...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
G03
  • David Chalmers (Speaker) Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, New York University

I will explore connections between grounding and analyticity, arguing that grounding stands to necessitation roughly as analyticity stands to apriority, and that grounding stands to analyticity roughly as necessitation stands to apriority.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG19

My paper considers the role of wonder and admiration in motivating us to imitate ethical exemplars. I argue that wonder should be understood in René Descartes’ (1649/1989) sense, as a response to something unfamiliar that is based on ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
144

The idea that there are such things as vague objects has been criticised from various angles. Some criticize the intelligibility of the idea (just what would a vague object look like?) while others deem the position to be unmotivated (why admit of...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG15

Additional Authors: Tracy Merlin, David Hunter

Coverage with evidence development (CED) refers to when a government temporarily funds a new health technology to reduce uncertainty about it. Sometimes patients must participate in evidence generatio...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
108

Additional Authors: Tim van Gelder, Chris Barnett

Epistemologists are frequently concerned with the nature of justification and rationality, but less so with what insight real-world data has into certain epistemic questions. Are good reasoners bet...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG11
  • Adam Piovarchy (Speaker) Sessional Tutor & Lecturer, University of Sydney

Postgraduate Presentation Prize Short List

Milgram’s (1963) Obedience to Authority experiments have shown that 65% of people will electrocute a stranger to death when instructed to do so by an authority figure. Most philosophers agree subjec...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Disorder.

The proposal of moral bioenhancement has attracted numerous challenges, among which the worry about its potential commitment to moral perfectionism recurs in various forms in different work...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4:00 pm
AGSA Auditorium

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Artists think and talk about their work in a diverse range of ways including self-dialogue and critique in the studio, informal conversations with friends, peers and colleagues, to structured presentations of their w...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG18
  • Simon Keller (Speaker) Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

STREAM - Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Disorder.

There are good reasons to think that mental health should be a concern of distributive justice, and to that extent, that we have a right to mental health. But if we have a right to mental h...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG12

STREAM - Nature of Instantiation: Issues and Options.

On the assumption that there are properties and relations besides objects, and instantiation is a genuine relation, an infinite regress naturally arises: a is F iff a instantiates F-ness iff a ...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG24
  • Anton Killin (Speaker) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

Recently theorists have developed different accounts of the origins and nature of protolanguage, the evolution of language, and connections between speech, song, and sign. Debate over these accounts is lively. Did m...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

Benci et al. (2016) motivate a theory of infinitesimal probability--which they call Non-Archimedean Probability Theory (NAP)--by arguing that it satisfies a number of intuitively plausible desiderata th...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG19
  • Laura Ruggles (Speaker) Research Assistant, University of Adelaide

What is love? Not just the opening to a meme-worthy song from an early 90’s one-hit-wonder, this is a question that western philosophers have been asking since at least Plato’s Symposium in ancient Greece. I aim to shed light on part o...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
G03

One of the most serious problem for eternalism is the problem of various temporal asymmetries. While eternalists argue that there is no ontological difference between the past, the present and the future, there are certainly some differences betwe...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG11

Postgraduate Presentation Prize Short List

Descartes is often interpreted as having decisively broken from medieval philosophy’s appeals to scripture by turning to rational demonstrations (Gaukroger 1995). Nonetheless, several commentators m...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
144

I propose a new argument for inductive inference from non-random samples.

Williams (1946), Stove (1986) and Franklin and Campbell (2004) all argue for inductive inference from non-random samples. Their arguments share a key premise: The Proportion...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG15

This paper argues in favour of an interactionist approach to moral character. Interactionism is a promising new account of character that conceives of character as involving personal features, situational features, and the interaction between them...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

If you’re worried that you might not have free will you shouldn’t be, because the best bet is to accept that you do–if you’re wrong it doesn’t matter, you couldn’t ha...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG24
  • Bruno Ippedico (Speaker) PhD Student, Australian National University

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

Language evolution has become a very active field of research, with new evidence pouring in every day. But what is evidence to some is not evidence to others. For a particular group of researchers I call “the ...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
144

One’s prior attitudes can meddle with perception and thought. They can biasedly steer attention (e.g. inattentional blindness), alter one’s perceptual experiences directly (e.g. cognitive penetration), interfere with belief revision (e...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
G03
  • Max Cresswell (Speaker) Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

There is a view, dating perhaps from Aristotle, that what are called 'future contingents' - sentences about the future which are as yet 'undetermined' - have no truth values. This view was held in the last century by A.N. Prior, who claimed that t...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG19

In the object-choice task, the experimenter hides a treat under one of three upturned buckets, then points to the bucket containing the treat. When either chimpanzees or human infants regard the experimenter as a competitor, both are able to follo...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG15
  • Han Baltussen (Speaker) Hughes Professor of Classics, University of Adelaide

This paper will focus on the role of pain (and its companion concept pleasure) in Peripatetic epistemology after Aristotle. This topic has received attention for Plato (Frede 1992, Peponi 2002) and Aristotle (Agonito 1976), but less so with later ...

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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 6:30 pm
Foyer outside Napier 102
  • Graham Oppy (Speaker) AAP Chief Executive Officer, Monash University

Australasian Philosophical Review Launch.

AustralasianPhilosophicalReview.org

 

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Tuesday, July 4
9:00 am - 10:30 am 9:00 am
Napier 102

Philosophers frequently say that some phenomena are more fundamental than, or ontologically prior to, others.  But what does such talk even mean?  This question has gone surprisingly unaddressed in the literature.  I argue ...

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10:30 am - 11:00 am 10:30 am

Morning Tea - each day 10:30 - 11AM.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

I am going to defend the prediction made by Lauren Winans (2016) that 'would'-counterfactuals are anti-abductive. That is to say, counterfactuals with a main clause 'would p' (but not 'would have to p')...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG11

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Imagine two phronimoi (practically wise moral agents, on Aristotle’s construal) engaged in a conversation about applied ethics. They are discussing human action, what a person ought to do in a par...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

In Knowing Right From Wrong, Kieran Setiya proposes a novel account of moral epistemology. Say that badness is grounded in and supervenes on pain. According to Setiya’s Reductive Epistemology, wha...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG24
  • Jon Opie (Speaker) Dr, University of Adelaide

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

When philosophers think about mental representation they draw on a number of distinct traditions. Analytic philosophy provides an analysis of mental states as propositional attitudes. Cognitive science treats the mi...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Napier LG29
  • Melvin Chen (Speaker) Lecturer, Philosophy & Faculty Member, University Scholars Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

The cognitive theory of the imagination is an approach to the imagination that claims to inherit the prestige and relevance of science, possess general methodological advantages over traditional philosophy and folk p...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Aesthetic theorists have not yet been able to answer the question of the value of art to Kant’s Critical theory of the sublime (Brady, 2012) and (Doran, 2015). This is despite Kant’s explicit rejection of...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG19
  • Lisa Ellis (Speaker) Associate Professor, University of Otago

Biodiversity loss presents at least as serious a challenge as climate change. Given the role played by democratically accountable information provision in securing the 2015 Paris Agreement, one looks for analogous sources for biodiversity policy. ...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
108

In this talk, I will assess whether a strong Pessimistic Induction can be applied to philosophy. A Pessimistic Induction is an argument that, from past poor performance, predicts future (or current) poor performance. So, if a doctor has a track re...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
144

We know that newborns are awake, attentive and responsive to features in the environment. But, are they having subjective experience? Two questions about infant consciousness are especially central. First: are infants conscious? Second: what is in...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
G03

In some incontestable sense, fi ction involves a relationship with two poles, subject and object: the subject who engages with the fiction, and the objects of the fiction with which they engage. This talk is about the two poles of this relations...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG15
  • Philippe Chuard (Speaker) Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University

Experiential Holism is the view that (i) sensory experiences can be part of others in such a way that (ii) experiential parts are determined by the wholes they compose. Following an attempt to provide a neutral characterization of experiential par...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

In the Preface to the Principles of Philosophy, Descartes sets out the order which should be followed in our self-instruction: following the development of a code of morals sufficient to regulate the ac...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG11
  • Mark Alfano (Speaker) Professor, Australian Catholic University

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

In the age of the Internet, people have increased access to information along multiple dimensions. It might seem that we are on our way to an epistemic utopia in which we spend less time and effort on b...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG24

C. Randy Gallistel has made sweeping criticisms of the connectionist paradigm in cognitive science. He argues that connectionist networks do not have the resources to sustain digital computations over symbolic representations, and these are necess...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
Napier LG29
  • Fred Kroon (Speaker) Professor, University of Auckland

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

There is a resurgence of interest in the question of what fiction is, and how it differs from non-fiction. The main reason for this can be traced to problems facing imagination-based accounts of fiction, which have b...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG18
  • Max Deutscher (Speaker) emeritus professor of philosophy, Macquarie University, University of Queensland

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

In this paper I go behind the impasse between reductive physicalism and the recent tendency for scientifically motivated philosophers to regard consciousness as a phenomenon whose very existence is (so far) an inso...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG14
  • Alan Hájek (Speaker) Philosophy Professor, Australian National University

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

I have long argued for a kind of ‘counterfactual scepticism’: most counterfactuals are false. I maintain that the indeterminism and indeterminacy associated with most counterfactuals entail ...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG15
  • Heather Browning (Speaker) Philosophy PhD Candidate, Australian National University

STREAM -Philosophy of Biology

Much of science involves measurement of objects or states of the world. Often instead of direct measurement, scientists employ the use of indicators, or surrogate measures; changes in which are assumed to reflect chan...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
144

According to structural theories of mental representation, adaptive behaviour is to be explained in part by an organism’s capacity to exploit structural similarities between mental representing vehicles and the environment. Moreover, it is t...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG19

When we talk about reasoning, in the Analytic literature and at large, we often foreground relying on good evidence and making logical transitions. Little attention is given to how one feels or what one sees (with the ‘mind’s eye&rsquo...

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG11
  • Keith Hankins (Speaker) Dr., Chapman University & the University of Melbourne

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Debates about the best mechanisms for aggregating individual preferences in order to make collective choices have raged for as long humans have been making decisions in groups. Since the 18th century th...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

The ethics of Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten exerted significant influence on the formation of Kant’s ethics. The extent of this influence, however, has not been sufficiently investigated in the pr...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG24
  • Larelle Bossi (Speaker) PhD Research Student, University of Tasmania - IMAS

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

Hunting is what we do when we “are fed up with the troublesome present, with being “very twentieth century”. Similarly, despite its name, fishers have long understood that fishing is not really abo...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
Napier LG29

Stream - Arts & Imagination.

In this paper, I will term ‘heuristic device’ a particular type of strategy used by composers, performers and listeners in order to create, interpret and appreciate expressive music. This strategy involves ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
Napier LG28
  • Gavin Smith (Speaker) Tutor, University of Western Sydney

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In Art as Experience, Dewey rejects the hierarchical assessment of the arts, that one is finer or better than another, arguing that different artistic media have different tendencies, or “potencies,” that...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Cognition is widely recognized as a natural phenomenon by philosophers. However, to what extent is cognition studied under the parameters of a naturalistic methodology by philosophers? This paper evaluates focuses ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG14
  • Katie Steele (Speaker) Associate Professor, Australian National University

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

Additional Author: Dr Alex Sandgren

In this paper, we develop a novel response to counterfactual scepticism, the thesis that most counterfactual claims are false. The sceptical position is importan...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG15
  • Giles Field (Speaker) PhD candidate, Deakin University

There is a widespread assumption that definitions, if used as predicates, can only be successfully used for subjects that fit that same definition. I aim to show that a plausible reading of Aristotle tells us definitions, as well as being used as ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG19

Additional Author: Jonathan McKeown-Green

This talk is about teaching elementary logic to blind or visually impaired students. The targeted audience are teachers who all of sudden have a blind or visually impaired student in their introduction to ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
G03
  • Damian Cox (Speaker) Associate Professor, Bond University

Moral success is sometimes born out of moral failure; and it is possible that a moral success arising in this way is of such great significance that it exceeds moral successes available to the agent without the failure. If Oscar Schindler had not ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
144

Our beliefs guide our lives—or, at very least, the decisions we make in our lives. Yet, as psychologists occasionally remark, our beliefs can fall prey to a variety of biases and fallacies that lead us astray. Fortunately, to avoid these cog...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
G03
  • Robert Beddor (Speaker) President’s Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

Additional Author: Andy Egan (Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University)

The past decade has seen a protracted debate over the semantics of epistemic modals. According to contextualists, epistemic modals quantify over the possibilities compatib...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG11
  • David Killoren (Speaker) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Many people say that simplicity is a theoretic virtue in science: a scientific theory is (ceteris paribus) better to the degree that it is simpler. This paper will consider main arguments for the view t...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG12
  • Tyler Paytas (Speaker) Dr., Australian Catholic University

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Although Sidgwick has long been admired for his impartial and objective approach to philosophical investigation, there has recently been a wave of challenges to his reputation for intellectual honesty. ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG24

STREAM - Philosophy of Biology.

I will entertain and reject three arguments which putatively establish that the individuals produced through de-extinction ought to be the same species as the extinct population. The first is the weakest, the concep...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Napier LG29

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In transferring an object into a museum or gallery we generally reclassify it as art, foregrounding the artists’ skills and use of materials. This has been assumed to be a sign of respect. Yet it is also appare...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG14
  • David Kinney (Speaker) PhD Student, London School of Economics

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

A variety of authors, including Hoefer (2007), Ismael (2009), Glynn (2010), Sober (2010), Frigg and Hoefer (2015), and List and Pivato (2015), argue that the existence of non-trivial objective chances a...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
144
  • Lucy Mayne (Speaker) Teaching Associate, Monash University

Most people think it morally wrong to inflict suffering on animals, at least without strong justification. Most people also eat meat and have few or no compunctions about the morality of either their own meat eating or the broader practice of rais...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
108

The current literature on diachronic personal identity suggests that the concept ‘person’ or the idea of personhood over time involves an evaluative dimension in that it plays a role in a number of issues that are of wider normative or...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG15

Additional Author: Kai Tanter (co-presenter)

Rebecca Kukla presents a theory of the phenomenon of discursive injustice which rivals Rae Langton's account of illocutionary silencing. We will first argue that Kukla’s theory, particularly h...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG19

Looking around the world today one finds many public health services struggling, as epitomised by surgery in the UK’s NHS. I argue that this struggle is because successive political powers have coerced professionals to abandon ancient profes...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm
Radford Auditorium Art Gallery of SA

Hear Nancy on 'The Philosopher's Zone 25/6/2017

Afterwar:

Contemporary and Ancient Lessons on Moral Injury and Healing 

The notion of moral injury has gained attention in the popular press and research and clinical literature on the psycholo...

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Wednesday, July 5
9:00 am - 10:30 am 9:00 am
Napier 102
  • Paul Guyer (Speaker) Professor, Brown University

Kant means multiple things by his claim that morality is founded in pure practical reason. Most fundamentally, his moral thought is structured by the idea of a fact of reason long before he introduces that term: in the first instance, reason deman...

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10:30 am - 11:00 am 10:30 am

Morning Tea - each day 10:30 - 11AM

11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG12
  • Thomas Prout (Speaker) MA Student, Victoria University Wellington

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

I am attempting to vindicate the project of conceptualising morality without objective prescriptions by way of application. I think openness to the adoption of a reconceptualisation strategy allows for ...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG11
  • Connal Lee (Speaker) Associate Lecturer, Flinders University

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

John Rawls describes his theory of justice as a ‘realistic utopia’, taking us as far as is practicable towards an account of what a perfectly just society would look like. According to Rawls...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In this paper I argue that Duchamp’s readymades constitute an attack on the essentialist ontology of art. Essentialists claim that an object is a work of art if and only if it has an aesthetic property among it...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Napier LG29

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Let the project of art criticism consist in the achievement of understanding. There is an imaginative entering-in, working towards grasp of the artwork’s significance. It is natural to suppose that at some poin...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG14
  • Yao Fan (Speaker) Mr., Australian National University

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

The Pasadena game proposed by Nover and Hájek (2004) gives us numerous puzzles that force us to rethink classical decision theory. In this article, we provide an account that has been found intui...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Scientists often use aesthetic values in the evaluation and choice of theories. Aesthetic values are not only regarded as leading to practically more useful theories, but are often taken to stand in a special epist...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
G03

Beddor has recently argued that process reliabilism has problems accounting for defeat. As he notes, process reliabilists typically hold that whether one’s belief is defeated depends on whether there are available reliable processes that, ha...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
144

Modal dimensionalism is a thesis according to which spatiality, temporality and modality are to be analysed in terms of spatial, temporal and modal indices, respectively. Additionally, the metaphysical categories are canonically expressed through ...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG15

This talk introduces the Natural Language of Thought proposal, a novel take on the Language of Thought hypothesis. Broadly construed, the Language of Thought hypothesis is the idea that some of our cognitive processes are intrinsically language-li...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
108

Tom Dougherty (2013) has argued that deceiving someone into sex is seriously morally wrong whenever the deception concerns a deal breaker of the victim, i.e. a feature of the sexual encounter to which the other person’s will is opposed. Doug...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG19

David Chalmers famously proposed the zombie argument to show reductive materialism is false. In line with Stalnaker’s objection, I will show the zombie argument is seriously challenged by assuming the consequent. Even if we let the conclusio...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG11

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Local rather than global evolutionary debunking arguments claim that evolutionary considerations undermine our justification for accepting certain normative ethical theories in particular. Consequential...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

In this paper I argue that ostensibly the explanations on offer in the contemporary literature conflict about the phenomenon they intend to describe. Specifically, this problem is first that theorists c...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

The capability to create symbols is broadly understood as one of the essential characteristics of the human being, and the condition of possibility of art in general. This activity, however, is for Nietzsche the grou...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
Napier LG29
  • Eleen Deprez (Speaker) PhD Student - Associate Lecturer, University of Kent

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In this paper I examine how curating plays a role in the way cultural artefacts acquire meaning. I present, first, an ontological account of what curating is. Secondly, I sketch how curators create an appreciative co...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

Philosophers disagree about the answer Sleeping Beauty should give to a question about the probability (or credence) that the coin came up heads. Some say that she should answer 1/2, others 1/3, and thi...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG18
  • Wei Fang (Speaker) Mr., University of Sydney

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

This essay develops a holistic view of how scientists evaluate their models. The holistic view holds that the modelers usually evaluate the goodness-of-fit of their models with respect to the models’ target s...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
G03

Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in an abductive approach to the epistemology of logic. The rough idea would be that different logics represent different theories of the relation of logical consequence, and that we should select am...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
144
  • Abhishek Mishra (Speaker) Masters Student, National University of Singapore

Artificial superintelligence is expected by many experts to arrive before or around the turn of the century. Solving the AI-safety problem – making sure artificial superintelligences don’t act in ways that create morally disastrous out...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG19

In this paper I explain and defend the Warty view of human rights. This view is a synthesis of Jeremy Waldron's account of dignity, and Richard Rorty's account of human rights. Following Rorty, I argue for a view of human rights on which the centr...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG15

While in modernity emotional and intellectual energy was increasingly invested in ‘childhood,’ it also became a site of scrutiny and intervention, so that philosophers, scientists, and humanitarians pursued the improvement of humanity ...

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
G03
  • James McGuire (Speaker) Sessional Teaching Associate, Monash University

Research from the social sciences illuminates our ability to influence or ‘steer’ those around us. This revelation may serve as inspiration for those interested in the promotion of morality. Research also highlights how those in our in...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG11
  • Ramon Das (Speaker) Dr., Victoria University of Wellington

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Evolutionary debunking arguments (EDAs) purport to undermine our beliefs in a given subject area. In recent years, EDAs targeted at morality have been widely discussed. Typically, however, moral debunke...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

This paper examines the philosophical dimension of role models, and the phenomenon of role modeling, as influencing human selfhood and morality. Ubiquitous in modern society, role models function as mor...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
Napier LG29

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

There are reasons why we should be subjectivists about aesthetic value. The most plausible form of subjectivism holds that aesthetic value (not value as such) depends on the pleasure a work of art can elicit. But ina...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

Many proponents of Causal Decision Theory (CDT) have decided that that theory needs to be abandoned (or modified) in light of a recent counterexample due to Andy Egan, The Psychopath Button (2007). In t...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Intuitively, an object is something that coheres internally and is largely independent of its environment. But what is the environment? Viewed at one scale, it surrounds and separates objects and differentiates the...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
108
  • James Watt (Speaker) PhD student, Deakin University

Assume that what matters in persisting as a person – such as our concern for our future, or survival – is not derived entirely what makes a person identical over time. I suggest that we think of what matters for personal survival in no...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG15

Men have long seen women as feminine beings and treated them accordingly, allowing them to do only that for which their feminine natures make them fit. Feminists, wanting to call this treatment oppressive, insist that men’s view of a woman a...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG19

Interest in the semantics and logic of imperatives has recently been revived in philosophy and linguistics (e.g Charlow 2014, von Fintel & Iatridou 2017). One divide in the current literature is over the extent to which we need to revise e...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG12

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

I argue that social structures like conventions make a difference to the content of our moral obligations. There is a possibility that the grounds of our moral reasoning (whatever they may be) are under...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG11

STREAM - Moral Methodology and Epistemology.

Additional Author: Dr Daniella Forster

Teachers face difficult ethical decisions and even ethical dilemmas in their professional environment. There are a range of potential obstacles they face in dealin...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Napier LG29

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Artists have long been keen students of color, participating in the development of both color theory and new technologies of color. I will argue that the literature on color in aesthetics has been somewhat limited by...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Counterfactuals, Chance and Choice.

In statistical physics, classical cosmology, and philosophy of physics, it has been standard to follow Ludwig Boltzmann and impose a Past Hypothesis on the boundary of the physical space-time. In essenc...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG18
  • Javier Cumpa (Speaker) Senior Research Talent Attraction Fellow, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

In this paper, I critically examine the substantialist approach (Heil 2012) to the Sellarsian challenge of reconciliation of the ordinary world and the physical universe. I argue that this view fails, first, becaus...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
144

The goal of this paper is to show that privileged access to a range of mental states is compatible with an inferential view of self-knowledge. While no-one claims that we have privileged access to all of our self-knowledge, some claim that we have...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
108
  • Matthew Wills (Speaker) Head of Philosophy & Ethics (On Leave), Hale

This session will focus on two new and successful initiatives that promote philosophy to bright and capable secondary school students. The first is called a Philosothon, which is now a national event involving over 400 schools and the initiative h...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG15

Only 1.5% of Australia’s population has a disability that solely restricts their schooling or employment. As a small heterogeneous group, questions arise regarding how well Elizabeth Anderson’s integration model (2010) can apply to edu...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG19

Women are significantly under-represented in surgery, despite being well represented in medicine overall. They enter surgical training at lower rates than men, and are more likely to withdraw from training than their male peers. It is likely that ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
G03

Leibniz claimed that spatial relations are just as nasty as space since they are external relations: i.e  they hold independently of the intrinsic properties of their relata. So talking about spatial relations can’t reduce to talking ab...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 4:30 pm
Napier LG28

Professional Development Session.

ERA Impact & Engagement – what to expect
 
This session will brief Australian philosophers on the 2017 trial run of ERA with impact case studies and engagement metrics. Following a brief overview of wha...
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4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 4:30 pm
Napier LG29
  • Tamara Zutlevics (Speakers) Dr, Flinders University
  • Kim Little (Speakers) Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of Education and Training
  • Tim Van Gelder (Speakers) Enterprise Research Fellow, School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne
  • Daniel Stoljar (Speakers) Professor, Australian National University
  • Jeanette Kennett (Speakers) Professor, Macquarie University

Professional Development Session.

Careers beyond the academy
 
What can you do with a philosophy degree besides becoming an academic philosopher? What are the advantages and disadvantages of moving out of academia?  In this session we h...
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4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 6
9:00 am - 10:30 am 9:00 am
Napier 102

Modern Dance was born as a radical reaction to the formal decorum and ceremonial pomp of ballet. Ballet may have provided consummate exercises for moulding the exterior, but to the pioneers of modern dance, it was at the cost of disconnecting the ...

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10:30 am - 11:00 am 10:30 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Napier LG28
  • Paul Guyer (Speaker) Professor, Brown University

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Kant made the imagination the core notion of aesthetic theory with his argument that the free play between imagination and understanding is the basis of aesthetic pleasure and of the intersubjective validity of judgm...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG11

STREAM - Ancient Philosophy.

Aristotle endorses the following principle: If S knows p, then necessarily p. I reconstruct Aristotle's reasons for this striking position. For Aristotle, knowledge (epistēmē) is both a psychological disposition (hexis...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

A metaphysics should explain what is and what happens. Twentieth century physics, successful as it was and is, failed to do that. I will explain why that is, and outline the STRICT EMPIRICISM, as I call it, which d...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG14

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

Many metaphysicians are committed to the existence of a location relation between material objects and spacetime, useful in characterising debates in the metaphysics of persistence and time, particularly in the c...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG19

In debates about the best way to combat philosophical scepticism, philosophers are divided over whether we should take a therapeutic or theoretical response. This distinction was drawn by Michael Williams (1996), with a therapeutic response being ...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG15
  • Lucy Allais (Speaker) Professor, University of the Witwatersrand/UCSD

The aim of this paper is to try to make philosophical sense of one part of Kant’s account of free will: his incompatibilist compatibilism. Kant has an incompatibilist conception of what free will is: he sees freedom as involving the causal c...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
108
  • Andrea Togni (Speaker) Ph.D. student, FINO Consortium (North-West Italy Philosophy Consortium)

Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation in one sensory modality (inducer) triggers an experience not only in that sensory modality, but also in a second sensory modality (concurrent). For example, a can of paint may smell blue, an orgasm m...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
144

Why haven’t we uncovered necessary and sufficient conditions for social concepts such as race and gender? This clearly isn’t from a lack of trying; nor is it because we’ve been unlucky. Instead, it is because social concepts have...

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
LG12

In this talk I consider the legal notion that ideas are objects, and that they can be owned. The law is inconsistent on this matter: As written, copyright law explicitly prohibits ideas from being owned (only expressions of ideas can be owned). As...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG19

We’ve heard of ‘all is one’. It expresses a grounding of our apparent manifest world in the reality of pure unstructured consciousness, a grounding that, rather than being inferred and understood discursively, is said to be appre...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
Napier LG28
  • James Phillips (Speaker) Associate Professor, The University of New South Wales

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics (1929) with its privileging on the imagination, Heidegger puts forward a distinctly romantic reading of the Critique of Pure Reason. In the subsequent exposition of his philosop...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG11

STREAM - Ancient Philosophy.

Stoicism has erroneously earned the reputation as a philosophy of fatalistic resignation (apatheia). Misunderstanding the Stoics as hard-determinists who preach only forbearance in the face of misfortune, many have rej...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

The quantum switch is a process in which the state C of a control qubit determines the causal structure downstream from it. In particular, for two causal relata A and B, whether A causes B or vice versa depends on ...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

According to the ‘basic intuition’ it is not obligatory to create a happy child, one whose life is worth living. The ‘converse intuition’ says, on the other hand, that it is morally wrong ...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
108
  • Chloe Wall (Speaker) PhD Student, University of Otago

Memory and testimony are often understood to be analogous, since both seem to convey content from a source to a receiver. Both processes, it is claimed, are preservative, and do not generate new content. However, there is strong empirical evidence...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG15
  • Adriane Rini (Speaker) Associate Professor, Massey University

What was it like to be a woman in logic at Cambridge in the early 20th century, with Russell and Wittgenstein?

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
LG12

There is evidence that the emergence of biases in the editorial policies of the journals Mind (1925-1960) and the Philosophical Review (1948-1960) played a role in explaining the emergence of analytic philosophy (Katzav and Vaesen 2017). I documen...

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
144

Moral theories are typically concerned with the actions, duties and dispositions that pertain to individual human beings, and the norms that ought to govern the behaviour of said beings. However, this picture of moral theory looks to be incomplete...

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

The power of cinema to elicit emotional and cognitive engagement has become the focus of much philosophical film theory. In this paper, I explore the relationship between moral perception, imagination and emotion in ...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG11

STREAM - Ancient Philosophy.

Additional Authors: Whitney Schwab (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

In the Meno and Phaedo (and perhaps other dialogues too), Plato seems to be an innatist about knowledge. That is, he seems to think that whe...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

The exclusion problem of mental events is intriguing. Some trope theorists claim we can keep all the principles explicitly used in the exclusion argument while at the same time solve the exclusion problem.They prov...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG14
  • Catherine Legg (Speaker) Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Deakin University

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

Philosophical discussion of truthmaking has flourished lately, but what exactly does it mean to ‘make’ truth? I argue that ‘making’ is a concept with modal force, which renders it a proble...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG19

According to the Transparency Method (TM), within the philosophy of self-knowledge, one can know whether one believes that P by attending to the question: Is P true? On this view, one can know, for instance, whether one believes that ‘Socrat...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG12

Analogue quantum simulation is a practical laboratory tool that is already ubiquitous in fields such as quantum information, condensed matter physics, high-energy physics and quantum chemistry. In short, a target quantum system with intractable dy...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
144
  • David Hunter (Speaker) Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Flinders University

Exploitation is a commonly dismissed issue in the bioethics literature. This is because that literature focuses (unfortunately almost exclusively) on autonomy and threats to autonomy. Hence much of the discussion of exploitation has tried to expli...

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2:00 pm
LG15

Semantic theories of slurs have it that slurs semantically encode their derogatory force. Such theories have faced a range of objections. Not least among these are objections stemming from negative occurrences of slurs: occurrences under negation,...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG12

Descriptivist theories of belief content (for example those of Quine, Lewis, Braddon-Mitchell, and Jackson) imply that ordinary agents do not often have beliefs with the same content. A common complaint made against these theories concerns communi...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG15

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is often portrayed in the philosophy literature as depicting the transformation of the main character, who overcomes moral limitations imposed on him by his corrupt, racist, conscience, as he begins to perceive ...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Several individualistic programs of research in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences have investigated human imagination, creativity, and the arts. Individualistic models seek to describe imagination mechani...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG18

STREAM - Metaphysics of Science.

Various philosophers and physicists – such as Bob Batterman, Alex Rueger, Leo Kadanoff, and Michael Berry – have defended ‘limit’ conceptions of emergence. On these accounts, emergence is as...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG14

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

Typical contingent negative existential facts -- like the fact that there are no ghosts -- must be grounded, but there are no facts that can ground them. Though these claims appear inconsistent, I argue that both...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
108
  • Adrian Walsh (Speaker) Professor, University of New England

In recent years there has been a remarkable revival of interest within philosophy in issues of method. Some of that debate has been driven by the desire to incorporate more empirical methods into philosophical inquiry or, alternatively, to transfo...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
LG19
  • Ben Cross (Speaker) postdoctoral fellow, Wuhan University

Some philosophers have suggested that certain arguments are speaker-relative. This means that the extent to which the argument can justify its conclusion is dependent not only on the content of the argument, but also on the identity of the speaker...

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm
144

Ethologists often discuss the prospect of gaining some kind of “window” through which we might access or understand the inner worlds of other-than-human organisms, and that the observation of their communication behaviour might be a po...

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

In this paper I discuss the neglected topic of the role and importance of imaginative "pictures" in Wittgenstein's conception of thinking. Philosophy for Wittgenstein is not a matter of appealing to reason to argue f...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG11

STREAM - Ancient Philosophy.

Aristotle seemingly rejects Plato's account of the soul as a 'self-moving motion' but the Neoplatonists were committed to the fundamental agreement of the two philosophers. In this paper I consider three texts that att...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG14

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

The theory to be described here could also be described as 'crazy-pants bazillion thingism', taking these words from Laurie Paul and Karen Bennett, who have described theories of a similar kind. The theory is not...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG19

Recent developments -- e.g. social media "filter bubbles" creating self-reinforcing beliefs plus the propagation of "alternative facts" and science denial -- ultimately lead to us reassessing how & why they occur. Such phenomena manifest themselve...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG12

Political philosophers generally think of patriotism as a moral issue. Depending on who you consult, being particular toward one's country is morally praiseworthy, morally permissible or morally impermissible. In this paper, I set mora...

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4:30 pm
LG15
  • Talia Morag (Speaker) Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

In this paper I examine Tamar Gendler’s influential notion of alief, a mental state that is posited to explain behaviours, such as racist biased behaviours, that persist despite a person’s explicit contrary judgment. A critical examina...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG12

The capacity of language to refer to things beyond the immediate perceptual environment (displacement) has co-evolved in the hominin lineage along with the capacity to represent those things both publicly and mentally, together with the energetics...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
Napier LG28

STREAM - Arts and Imagination.

Given that art as art engages imagination and art as art increases understanding by providing “insights”, then imagining can provide insights. Furthermore, as “insight” constitutes belief and ...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG11

STREAM - Ancient Philosophy.

An edition of a philosophical text should help its readers to do philosophy (Kant's 'philosophieren'). How well do the Penguin editions of 1974 (Lee) and 2007 (Lee's translation, sectional headings and comments, and no...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG14

STREAM - Remembering Josh Parsons.

Heavy duty property realism is an extremely ideologically parsimonious version of realism about properties, where realism about properties is the view that there are properties. Heavy duty property realists, for ...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG15

Hume famously denied that he could experience the self. Most subsequent philosophers have concurred with this finding. I argue that if the subject is to function as a bearer of experience it must be (1) single so that it can unify experience, and ...

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm
LG19

Since the publication of the Black Notebooks we have seen a heated debate about the overt and/or hidden

presence of National Socialism throughout Heidegger’s oeuvre. In this paper, I will argue that the recent focus on Heidegger’s impl...

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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 7:00 pm
Adelaide Zoo - Gate 1 Plane Tree Drive
  • Owl (Speaker) AAP

The 2017 AAP Conference Dinner will be held at Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, a stylish venue overlooking the beautiful parklands of Adelaide’s CBD fringe and a 5-minute walk from the conference venue. Starting with pre-dinner drinks and netwo...

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