[MaFLa] reminder:invitation to a talk on `Conscious Agency`by Elisabeth Pacherie - 19 February, 5.30 PM

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Mon Feb 18 09:04:24 CET 2013

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Elisabeth Pacherie  (CNRS Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris – 
CEU IAS Fellow 2013)
`Conscious Agency`
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
On a traditional philosophical view of the structure of agency,
intentions, conceived as conscious mental states, are the causes of
actions. In recent times, this traditional view has come under attack
from both philosophers and cognitive scientists. Two main worries have
been raised. The first worry concerns the causal efficacy of intentions
qua conscious states. The second worry concerns the nature of the
relation between intentions and action, and whether this relation is
best described as a causal relation rather than as a control relation.
Current scientific evidence provides strong support for the view that
action is hierarchically organized and involves several levels of
intentions, action representations and action control processes. I shall
argue that the traditional philosophical view, but also some of the
objections levelled against it, rest in part on an over-simplified
conception of the structure of agency and that taking into account the
hierarchical nature of intentions and control processes can lead to a
reassessment of the relation between intentions and action and of the
role of conscious agency in action production. 

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