2013 Workshop on Neurophilosophy from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Poster:Post date:2013-11-30

2013 Workshop on Neurophilosophy from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Place: Taipei Medical University 台北醫學大學-醫學綜合大樓十五樓第二會議室
Time: 2013 December 8 (Sunday): 2 to 5 PM

14: 00—15:30  Chair Tim Lane  (Taipei Medical University/Academia Sinica)

Speaker: Kai-Yuan Cheng  (Yang-Ming University)

Title: Connecting Northoff’s Non-Reductive Neurophilosophy to Chinese Philosophy: Why, and How?

Respondents Georg Northoff (Ottawa University)、Kevin Chien-Chang Wu  (National Taiwan University)

15: 30—16:00     Coffee Break

16: 00—17:00     Roundtable Discussion

Topic: How relevant and significant is it to adopt a cross-cultural methodology in a neurophilosophical study of self and consciousness?

Chair: Isaac Tseng 曾文毅 (National Taiwan University)

Discussants: Georg Northoff, Tim Lane, Kevin Chien-Chang Wu, Szu-Ting Chen, Kai-Yuan Cheng

Background and Purpose:

When we ponder upon the question of who we are as persons, it is a natural starting point for us to say that having a mind determines being a person, and further that self and consciousness are some of the core features of a mind. What, then, is the relevance of having a brain to having a mind? This question becomes especially urgent and significant given the current context where we witness a stunningly rapid growth of the brain science in the past few decades. Many scientists and philosophers have opted for a view, with arguments or without, that having a mind and having a brain at the end of the day come down to the same thing. Georg Northoff, a leading neuroscientist and philosopher in this field, regards this view as conservative and narrow-minded. With brilliant and engaging articulations, he shows how this view and many of its variants suffer from being committed to operating within a single domain of inquiry (either empirical or philosophical) and to adopting a sole methodology (either observation-experimental or analytic-conceptual). The purpose of this workshop is to discuss whether and how new light can be shed on the “mind-brain problem” by situating it in a cross-cultural context—in particular by bringing in the Chinese Philosophical Perspective—in a way that is consistent with Northoff’s insight. 


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