We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Perspectives on the First Person Pronoun “I”: Looking at Metaphysics, Linguistics and Neuroscience. 15-17 May 2014.

This conference is dedicated to the memory of Professor E. J. Lowe

Location & Venue: Durham University at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College.


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.


15th May 2014 - Thursday 16th May 2014 - Friday

17th May 2014 – Saturday

9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 10:30
Professor Richard Swinburne
The Inevitable Implausibility of Physical Determinism
University of Oxford


10:30-11:00 Break


11:00 – 12:15
Dr. Sophie Gibb
Dualist Models of Psychophysical Causal interaction
Durham University


12:15 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30– 3:30
Postgraduate Speakers Sessions


Angela Guta
First and Third Person Perspectives and Autism
Newcastle University


Camelia Mihaela Dascalu
Beyond the Paradox of Self-Consciousness: First-Person Reference versus Self-Reference in French Autistic Children
Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, Paris


2:30-3:00 Break


Eleonora Mingarelli
The “selves” of William James: From the principles to varieties
Higher Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belguim


Dr. Sophie Gibb
This session focuses on training postgraduate students on academic publication.


Dinner (£13)
Calvert Room

9:15 – 10:30
Professor Wolfram Hinzen and Kristen Schroeder
Is ‘1st Person’ a linguistic concept?
University of Barcelona/ Durham University


10:30 – 11:00 Break


11:00 – 12:15
Professor Eric Olson
University of Sheffield


12:15 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 2:45
Professor Lynne Rudder Baker
Autism and “I”
University of Massachusetts, USA


2:45-3:00 Break


Professor Matthew Ratcliffe
Can I experience my own thoughts as belonging to someone else?
Durham University


4:15-4:30 Break




Dinner (£25)
Kenworthy Hall

9:15 – 10:30
Professor Harold Noonan
Pluralism, Penitude and Persons
University of Nottingham


10:30 – 11:00 Break


Professor Raymond Tallis
Personal Identity
University of Manchester


12:15-1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 2:45
Professor Anders Holmberg
The Meaning of Self-talk
Newcastle University


2:45-3:00 Break


Postgraduate Speakers

Alexander Moran
Wittgenstein on ‘I’ and Cartesian Error
University of Oxford


Brandon L. Rickabaugh
iAnimal? Self-Reference and the Enduring Problem for Animalism
Azusa Pacific University/Biola University, USA


Panel Discussion
Assessing Contemporary Controversies on the First Pronoun “I”

Lynne Baker
Eric Olson
Wolfram Hinzen
Raymond Tallis
Chair: Mihretu Guta
Durham University




Dinner (£13)
Kenworthy Hall


Participation through paper contribution:

Professor Jose Bermudez, Texas A&M University

Professor J.P. Moreland, Biola University

Professor Thomas Metzinger, Universität Mainz


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

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