[MaFLa] reminder: invitation to a talk on`Noetic feelings and mental agency` - Tuesday, 21 October, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Mon Oct 20 08:01:13 CEST 2014


     The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 by
 Joelle Proust (French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
(CNRS) 
 on
 Noetic feelings and mental agency
 
 
 Tuesday, 21 October, 2014, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
 
 ABSTRACT
 
 
 In contrast with bodily action, two kinds of motives have to be present
for a mental action to develop. A mental action is performed because of
some basic informational need, such as “remembering the name of the
play”. Its performance, however, is also monitored for its validity,
depending on the epistemic norm that is associated with the selected
action (e.g., either accuracy, or exhaustive truth). Hence, when acting
mentally, one must be able to predict one's ability to come up with a
valid answer, given a norm, and to retrospectively
 check its validity. This dual ability constitutes metacognition.
Experimental evidence, as well as conceptual research, has shown that
subjective experience plays an important role in sensitivity to
epistemic norms: noetic feelings, such as feelings of knowing (FOK) and
feelings of being right (FOR), are reliably guiding our epistemic
decisions. These feelings raise various philosophically important
questions. How do noetic feelings differ from other kinds of feelings?
What is the representational format for subjectively appraising the
validity of one's cognitive outputs? Is this format at least minimally
penetrable by concept-based inferences? How and why can experience-based
metacognition give way to analytic, conceptbased metacognition?
 
 
 

    Krisztina Biber
 Department of Philosophy 
 Coordinator
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