CFP: Evaluative Perception: Aesthetic, Ethical, Normative

Deadline: 1st July 2013

Conference: 13th – 15th September 2013


Description: The central questions to which the conference will be addressed include:

  1. Are there good reasons for thinking that evaluative perception is possible? Is this limited to any particular sensory modality/ies?
  2. Is there anything distinctive about evaluative perception, or particular types of evaluative perception?
  3. What are the epistemological consequences of evaluative perception?

As well as these questions, the topic of the conference will connect with broader discussions and debates in aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of perception, e.g., the possibility of cognitive penetration, amodal perception, and cross-modal perception, the admissible contents of experience, the relationship between imagination and perception, the impact of so-called ‘framing effects’ on perceptual experience, whether perception can be said to be rational and whether perception could be the conclusion of an argument, the role of experience in aesthetic appreciation, and the prospects for various approaches in ethics, e.g., ethical intuitionism and virtue ethics.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
  • Professor Robert Hopkins (University of Sheffield)
  • Professor Dominic Lopes (University of British Colombia)
  • Dr Jack Lyons (University of Arkansas)
  • Dr Sarah McGrath (Princeton University)
  • Dr Kathleen Stock, University of Sussex)
  • Dr Dustin Stokes (University of Toronto)
  • Dr Pekka Väyrynen (University of Leeds)

Call for papers: Submissions should:

  1. be in English
  2. include an Abstract (no more than 250 words) and a Paper that can be presented in approximately 45 minutes
  3. be prepared for blind review
  4. be sent as a PDF to no later than July 1st 2013 (all submissions will be acknowledged).

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