Dualism in the Twenty-First Century, Budapest

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mind-body dualism underwent a renaissance in the last part of the twentieth century. Several arguments challenged the capacity of physicalism to accommodate mental phenomena, especially conscious experience. Dualism was widely considered the leading alternative. Since then, sophisticated responses to arguments against physicalism have been developed, and nonphysicalist views other than dualism, including idealism and Russellian monism have received renewed interest. This conference will examine the prospects for dualism in the twenty-first century in light of the latest research, including the arguments for and against dualism; the relative merits of dualism, and other nonphysicalist positions in the metaphysics of mind; and the relationship between dualism and wider issues in philosophy.

This event is part of the project Science, Theology, and Philosophy: Central and Eastern European Perspectives. It is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation; the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford; Pázmány Péter Catholic University; the Central European University; the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; the Ruhr University Bochum; the University of Lincoln, and the Humane Philosophy Project.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for short papers by graduate students and early career researchers of no more than five hundred words should be sent to Ralph Weir at rsw45@cam.ac.uk; emails should have the title ‘Dualism in the Twenty-First Century Short Paper’. Bursaries of up to £200, covering travel and accommodation will be provided for short paper presenters. Submissions should include the name and affiliation of the author, and should exhibit the highest standards of clarity and rigour, engagement with recent scholarship, and an interest in questions of real human concern. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 30th September 2018. The organisers will notify successful authors within one week of this date.