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Narrativity: Interpretation, Embodiment and Responsibility

Friday – Sunday 19-21 October 2012

3rd Workshop in the series Moral Agency, Deliberative Awareness, and Conscious Control

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Location: International School for Philosophy, Leusden, The Netherlands (within easy reach of airport Schiphol, Amsterdam)

The reasons we provide to understand, explain, and justify ourselves can be seen as attempts to interpret our behavior in broader narratives (our own, that of the audience and/or the narratives figuring in our society). These narratives create coherence in our behavior, and greatly enhance our capacity for interpersonal understanding. However, findings in the behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences raise questions about the extent to which the reasons we give and the overarching narratives they are part of correspond with the actual influences on and causes of our behavior. These findings seem to indicate that our attempts to account for the origins of our actions should primarily be seen as rational reconstructions.

This raises issues about the relation of narratives to our identity and actions. How do our attempts to fit our behavior into acceptable narratives influence who we are and what we do? What can we learn from the behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences about the embodiment and function of narratives? Can narratives obstruct a clear view on ourselves? If so, can we identify criteria to assess the adequacy or correctness of narratives and our attempts to fit our behavior into a narrative?

This workshop invites papers that explore the relevance of narratives and reasons as intermediates between ourselves and society, with an eye on (i) the implications for philosophical accounts of our practices of responsibility, and (ii) the empirical findings with regard to the role of narrativity and interpretation in our everyday interactions.

Preliminary program:

Friday 19 October (start around 12.00 with registration and lunch)

Irene Bucelli (Kings College, London)

The Author and the Narrator. Narrativity as a Condition for Agency

Steven Delay (Rice University)

The Toiling Lily: Narrative Life, Responsibility, and the Ontological Ground of Self-Deception

Fleur Jongepier (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Two Conceptions of Narrative Identity

Lynne Rudder Baker (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Making Sense of Ourselves: Self-Narratives and Personal Identity

Comments: Leon de Bruin (University of Bochum)

Saturday 20 October

Marion Smiley (Brandeis University)

Excuse-Giving, Self-Narration, and the Social Construction of Responsibility

Comments: Humberto Brito (New University of Lisbon)

Nicole van Voorst Vader-Bours (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Narrative Responsibility Assessment for Non-Deliberated Acts

Natallia Stelmak Schabner (City University of New York)

Narrativity and Action

Martin Weichold (University of Göttingen)

Narrative Responsibility for Unreflective Action

Frank Hindriks (University of Groningen)

Moral Narratives for Better or Worse

Comments: Patrick Delaere (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Agustín Vicente (University of the Basque Country)

Agency, Attribution and Responsibility

Comments: Wim de Mijnck (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Sunday 21 October (end around 13.00 with lunch)

Anika Fiebich (Ruhr-University Bochum)

The Role of Interaction and Narratives for Social Understanding

Zuzanna Rucinska (University of Hertfordshire)

Pretence as Embodiment of Social Narratives Instead of Individual Concepts

Filippo Santoni de Sio, Nicole Vincent & Bjørn Jespersen (Delft University of Technology)

Persons, Roles, and Excuse: Why the BCN Cannot Tell Us Who We Are

Comments: Bert Musschenga (VU University Amsterdam)

The latest update of this program is posted on: <http://maureensie.wordpress.com>

Registration open till September 17. Please send an email to: Workshop Mail <mailto:workshopMA10@fwb.eur.nl> subject-heading ‘registration narrativity’

Conference fee:

- 250 euro (includes three lunches, coffee and tea)

- 520 euro (two nights in a single room, two breakfasts, three lunches and two conference dinners, coffee and tea)

- Reduction of 40% for unwaged (PhD) students under the age of 30.

If you’re interested in participation, but have no possibilities for funding, please contact sie@fwb.eur.nl.

All researchers working in the area are welcome, but there are only a limited number of places available. Closing date: September 17.

Registration for one day is possible, but only if places are still available after the closing date.

Organizing Committee: Maureen Sie, Nicole van Voorst Vader, Arno Wouters and Leon de Bruin (reseach group Maureen Sie, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in collaboration with the research group of Albert Newen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

Practical information

The workshop will start with a lunch on Friday (around 12.00), and end after the lunch on Sunday (around 14.00).

Invited speakers will be expected to pay 220 euro for accommodation and meals (includes: two breakfasts, three lunches, two conference dinners, and two nights in a single room). All-inclusive participation to the workshop for non-speakers will be 520 euro; participation without dinner and accommodation, but including lunch: 250 euro. Reduction of 40% (150 euro) available for unwaged (PhD) students under the age of 30.

Like our 2011 workshop, this workshop will be held at conference centre ‘International School for Philosophy’ (Leusden/Amersfoort), which is beautifully located in the woods nearby Utrecht & Amsterdam, the Netherlands (http://www.isvw.nl/nl/english/). It is easy to reach by public transportation.

Organizing committee

Maureen Sie, Nicole van Voorst Vader, Arno Wouters (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Leon de Bruin (in collaboration with the research group of Albert Newen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum).

Register

Arrangement 1: € 220,- for invited speakers. Includes accommodation and meals two breakfasts, three lunches, two conference dinners, and two nights in a single room).

Arrangement 2 for non-speakers: € 520,- (All-inclusive participation to the workshop)

Participation without dinner and accommodation, but including lunch: 250 euro. Reduction of 40% (150 euro) available for unwaged (PhD) students under the age of 30.

Upgrading to a comfort hotel room (with flatscreen, balconny etc.) is possible if rooms are available at an extra cost of € 17,50 pro night. If you prefer a comfort room, please note this on your registration form. Please press the button to go to the registration form.

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