Department of Philosophy

2013 Auburn Philosophy Conference

5th Annual Conference:

Theoretical Agency:

Issues at the Intersection of Rational Autonomy and Belief

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Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn, Alabama
March 1st and 2nd, 2013



Friday, March 1

8:40 - 9:00 Coffee Service

9:00 - 9:05 Opening Remarks: Michael Watkins (Auburn University)

Morning Session

Moderator: Eric Marcus (Auburn University)

9:05-10:10 Matt Boyle (Harvard University) "Kant on the Spontaneity of Understanding"

10:15 -11:20 Maria Alvarez (King's College, University of London) "What Can We Do about What We Believe?"

11:25 - 12:30 Kieran Setiya (University of Pittsburgh) "Epistemic Agency: Some Doubts"


Afternoon Session

Moderator: Keren Gorodeisky (Auburn University)

2:00 - 3:05 Matthias Haase (Universitat Leipzig) "Conceptual Capacities"

3:10 -4:15 Sarah Paul (University of Wisconsin) "Doxastic Self-Control"

Dinner at The Hound, 6 PM


Saturday, March 2

9:10 - 9:30 Coffee Service

Morning Session

Moderator: Arata Hamawaki (Auburn University)

9:30 - 10:35 Doug Lavin (Harvard University) "The Activity of Thinking"

10:40 - 11:45 Jason Bridges (University of Chicago) "The Ecology of Reasons"

11:50 - 12:55 Lucy O'Brien (University College, University of London) "Obsessive Thoughts and Inner Voices"


Afternoon Session

Moderator: Guy Rohrbaugh (Auburn University)

2:00 - 3:05 Adam Leite (Indiana University) "Rational Agency and the First Person Stance"

3:10 - 4:15 Dorit Bar-On (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) "Minding the Gap: In Defense of Mind-mind Continuity"

Reception and Dinner at Maestro 2300, 6 PM


All speakers:

Maria Alvarez (King's College London)

Dorit Bar-On (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Matthew Boyle (Harvard University)

Jason Bridges (University of Chicago)

Matthias Haase (Universität Leipzig)

Douglas Lavin (Harvard University)

Adam Leite (Indiana University)

Lucy O'Brien (University College London)

Sarah Paul (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Kieran Setiya (University of Pittsburgh)


Eric Marcus (Auburn University)

Arata Hamawaki (Auburn University)


AU Department of Philosophy
AU College of Liberal Arts
AU Philosophy Club

Conference Registration: Registration this year is complimentary. You only have to sign in, but not to pay anything. You can sign in by sending an e-mail to James Shelley or Kelly Jolley

Conference Location: The sessions will be held in the Auditorium of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, one of Auburn’s lovelier buildings. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Hotel and the Museum.

Accommodations: Speakers and guests will be staying at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.

Auburn, Alabama: Auburn is located in east central Alabama, on I-85, 100 miles southwest of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, about 110 miles southwest of the center of Atlanta, and 40 miles east of Montgomery. In the area one may find such attractions as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. historical district, FDR’s Little White House, Callaway Gardens, the first confederate White House, the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial, the Rosa Parks Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum at the Tuskegee Institute, and the Blount Shakespeare Theatre.

Last Updated: October 04, 2016