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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Consciousness and Attention Workshop

13th June 2013 to 14th June 2013: Consciousness and Attention Workshop, as part of 'Philosophy and Psychology: Intergrating Research Across Domains'. Keynote: Ned Block. 

Speakers: Ned Block (NYU), Bob Kentridge (Durham), Catherine Tallon -Baudry (UPMC), James Stazicker (Reading).

Location: Institute of Advanced Study

Cosin's Hall

Palace Green



Whilst consciousness has seemed to many to be so utterly baffling that it was best left to philosophers to address, attention has until recently been studied almost exclusively by the empirical sciences and (with a few

exceptions) has not really been addressed by philosophers. Now this is changing, and an interesting and fruitful dialogue has recently opened up between philosophers and empirical scientists.

All of these researchers are turning their efforts toward understanding consciousness and attention together, rather than attempting to tackle them separately. It is this interdisciplinary dialogue that this conference hopes to contribute to.

This workshop takes place as part of a broader event entitled ‘Philosophy and Psychology: Integrating Research Across Domains, encompassing two workshops. Please see separate call for participation for the workshop

Titled: Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language (27-28th May 2013).

To register to attend, please email j.t.m.miller[at], or j.h.taylor[at] Places are limited, so please email to reserve a place. There will be a workshop fee of £5 to cover provided refreshments (tea/coffee). We ask that attendees pay the fee on the day whilst registering (cheques payable to ‘Durham University’).

Schedule for ‘Attention and Consciousness’

June 13th-14th 2013.

University of Durham.

Thursday 13th June


1.15-2.45-James Stazicker (Reading)

2.50-3.30- Kevin Reuter (Bochum)

3.45-4.25- Henry Taylor (Durham)

4.40-6.15-Ned Block (NYU)

Friday 14th June


9.15-9.55- Emile Thalabard (Université Paris Sorbonne) 10.00-11.30-Catherine Tallon-Baudry (UPMC) 11.45-1.15-Robert Kentridge (Durham) 1.15-1.30-Discussion


The workshop will be held in the Institute for Advanced Study building on Palace Green in central Durham.

The address is:

Institute for advanced Study

Cosin's Hall
Palace Green

On foot

As you leave the railway station, walk down the hill to the bottom. You should walk past a restaurant

called Alishaan’s on your left as you go. At the bottom of the hill (when you see The Bridge Hotel in

front of you) turn left and head towards the roundabout. Cross the roundabout and head down North Road (the one that Alishaan’s is on the corner of). Walk down North Road until the road forks, and you have a pub called The Fighting Cocks on your right and a shopping centre called The Gates on your left. Walk over the bridge (Framwellgate Bridge) over the river and continue walking up that road until you reach the market square (there is a large statue of a man on a horse in the centre of the square). When in the square, look to your right for a fish and chip shop called Bell’s and the HSBC bank, walk up the road that they are on (Saddler Street). Continue to follow the street (past the set of steps that lead downwards) and go up past Waterstone’s bookshop on the right. You will pass a pub called the Shakespeare on your right. You will soon come to a fork, where a small lane (Owengate) runs up towards the Cathedral (on the corner is a cafe painted pink). Walk up this small lane and you will be struck by the Cathedral in front of you. The IAS building is on the left as you face the Cathedral (next door to a cafe).

If you have trouble, just ask someone where the Cathedral is, as the conference is pretty much next door, and the Cathedral is very easy to spot!


There are also many taxis available from the station, just ask for ‘Palace Green’ or The Cathedral.


There is also a ‘Cathedral bus’ that takes you directly from the Railway Station to the Cathedral,

which leaves at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour for a nominal fee of 50p.

We are grateful to the Philosophy and Psychology Departments (Durham University), the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (Durham), Durham Institute of Advanced Studies, Analysis Trust, Mind Association, and British Society for the Philosophy of Science for their support in these events.