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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Conference: Perspectives on the First Person Pronoun ‘I’: Looking at Metaphysics, Linguistics and Neuroscience.

Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Durham University

This conference is an international collaboration between experts from the UK, Europe and the USA. It is an interdisciplinary conference that focuses exclusively on the nature of the first person pronoun “I”. Participation in this interdisciplinary conference is not limited to established scholars. Rather it is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as other interested academic professionals in several different disciplines.

Although the issue of the first person perspective is getting wide attention in diverse academic disciplines such as philosophy, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, etc., it is not yet common to see experts in these disciplines coming together to share their expertise with the wider academic community. So this conference brings together a group of experts who are sympathetic to an interdisciplinary research on the nature of the first person perspective. In light of this, the main aim of this conference is to create a platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue among experts with different backgrounds, who are actively engaged in the investigation of the first person perspective. This interdisciplinary conference, by pulling together philosophy, linguistics and neuroscience, will show how the issue of the first person perspective can be approached in an integrated way.

Speakers include:


E.J. Lowe (Durham)
Sophie Gibb (Durham)
Harold Noonan (Nottingham)
Raymond Tallis (Manchester)
Richard Swinburne (Oxford)
Eric Olson (Sheffield)
Lynne Rudder Baker (Massachusetts)
José Luis Bermúdez (Texas A & M)
Wolfram Hinzen (Durham/Barcelona)
Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham)
Anders Holmberg (Newcastle University)
Thomas Metzinger (Johannes Gutenberg-Univeritat Mainz)

Open call for papers: There will be five 30-minutesessions available forpostgraduate students to present papers related to the topic. Papers will be peer-reviewed. So personal information must not be included in the paper. The submission deadline is 25th February 2014.

Registration: There will be a workshop fee of £10 to cover provided refreshments (tea/coffee) as well as lunch. Attendees can write cheques payable to ‘Durham University’ and send it to the Philosophy Department: 50 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HN. Alternatively, attendees can also pay the fee on the day whilst registering.

We are very grateful for generous financial support from:

  •  John Templeton Foundation
  •  Institute for Advanced Study
  •  The Mind Association
  •  Durham Philosophy Department
  •  Durham Ustinov College
  •  Durham Faculty of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Training Grants
  • Newcastle University School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

For any inquires and submissions related to the conference, please email Mihretu Guta

Contact for more information about this event.