Perceptual Learning and Expertise II

Workshop on Perceptual Learning and Expertise: Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience

Friday, May 12: 1:00 - 4:30
Saturday, May 13: 11:00 - 5:15
402 Cohen Hall
University of Pennsylvania

Berit Brogaard (Miami University): "The Real Epistemic Significance of Perceptual Learning" Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon): "Perceptual Attention, Learning and the Skilled Agent" Casey O'Callaghan (Washington University in Saint Louis): "Perception, Flux, and Learning" Christine Massey (UCLA): "Unifying and Applying Perceptual Learning" Takeo Watanabe (Brown University): "Unifying and Applying Perceptual Learning" For more information contact Kevin Connolly:

The New Materialisms

The New Materialisms: Emergence or Panpsychism?

March 25, 2017
1:00 - 5:00
Bartley Hall, Room 1011
Villanova University
Open to the Public - Reception to follow

Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University) "Life, Intensities, and Outside Influence" Evan Thompson (Philosophy, University of British Columbia) "The Nature of Nature" Commentator:
Georg Theiner (Philosophy, Villanova University For more information contact John Carvalho (Philosophy, Villanova University):

Philosophy on Film 2017

Philosophy on Film Series 2017
Alan Resnais: The Weight of Time

Sponsored by the GPPC and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Three consecutive Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Fee: $30.00 per person (for the whole series)
Registration opens on January 1, 2017.
Register on the BMFI website:

Thursday, March 23:
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Thursday, March 30:
My American Uncle (1980)

Thursday, April 6:
Wild Grass (2009)

Marc Moreau, Ph. D. (La Salle University)

Marc Moreau:

Annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics

Art and Morality: on the Relationship Between Aesthetics and Ethics

Sir Roger Scruton
April 5, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
392 Cohen Hall
University of Pennsylvania

For more information contact Elizabeth Feeney:

GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Presented by the GPPC, the Drexel University Department of English & Philosophy, and the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences:

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

CALL FOR PAPERS: Undergraduates are invited to submit philosophical essays suitable for a fifteen to twenty minute presentation on any topic, to be followed by commentary and discussion. Papers must not exceed 2,500 words or 10 pages, double-spaced, and must be prepared for blind review. One submission per person.

The top eight submissions will be read by their authors at the conference and published in Fresh Philosophy, the undergraduate philosophy blog/journal of the GPPC Reviewers will include Philosophy faculty and undergraduate Philosophy majors including the journal editors.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Please send your submission by email attachment as an electronic file in .doc or .rtf format to Peter Amato at

Notification of accepted papers will be sent by Saturday, February 4, 2017. Commentators will be needed to present brief remarks following each paper. If you are interested in being a commentator, whether or not you intend to submit a paper, let us know.

For further information write to or check the conference website at:

Author Meets Critics: Jill Stauffer, Ethical Loneliness

Author Meets Critics:
Jill Stauffer, Ethical Loneliness: the Injustice of Not Being Heard

February 25, 2017, 1pm – 5pm
Haverford College
Magill Library, Philips Wing
Speakers: Macalester Bell (Bryn Mawr College)
Robert Bernasconi (Pennsylvania State University)
Yannik Thiem (Villanova University)
Krista Thomason (Swarthmore College)
Contact: Jill Stauffer,

Penn Reasons & Foundations in Epistemology

Penn Reasons & Foundations in Epistemology

Friday & Saturday, November 11-12, 2016
Friday 3pm – 4:45pm
Saturday TBD
University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Cohen Hall 402

Julia Driver (Washington University, St Louis)
Ram Neta (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers University - keynote speaker)
Miriam Schoenfield (NYU / Texas)
For more information contact Errol Lord:

GPPC Public Issues Forum:
Refugee Rights & State Responsibilities

The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium announces:

Public Issues Forum:
Refugee Rights & State Responsibilities

Friday, October 14, 2016
12:30pm - 4:00pm
The College of New Jersey
Education Building - Room 115
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ

Free and Open to the Public.
Speakers: Bill Frelick (Refugee Policy Director, Human Rights Watch)
Andy Lamey (University of California San Diego)
Hans Van de Weerd (Vice President, International Rescue Mission)
Moderator: Morton Winston (The College of New Jersey)

For more information please contact Morton Winston,

2016-17 Discussion Groups

The GPPC sponsors the following discussion groups:

Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group
Third Wednesday of the month
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Anderson Hall 322
West Chester University
725 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Book Details:
Steve Coutinho, An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies
(Columbia University Press, 2013)

Josh Mason or Charlotte Moore

History and Philosophy of Science Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

6:15pm - 7:45pm
Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
431 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Miriam Solomon, Temple University, or Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania,

For more information visit History and Philosophy of Science.

Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Greaton Room
Barbelin-Lonergan Building, 116
Saint Joseph’s University

9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14

Book Details:
Fall 2016:
Louis Dupré, Religious Mystery and Rational Reflection
(Eerdmans, 1998)

Joseph Godfrey, Saint Joseph’s University,

Philadelphia Philosophy of Psychiatry Working Group
Meets about once a month to discuss publications in philosophy of psychiatry and works in progress by group members.

Saturdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Ginger Hoffman, St. Joseph's University,

Language and the (Dis)organization of Mind

Language and the (Dis)organization of Mind

September 17, 2016
3pm – 5pm
Temple University Center City Campus, Room 322
15th and Market Streets

Wolfram Hinzen (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, FIDMAG Germanes Hospitalaries Research Foundation, and Universitat de Barcelona) Paper Title: "Reference across Pathologies: A New Linguistic Lens on Disorders of Thought" Abstract:
According to a linguistic tradition identified here as ‘Cartesian’, thought is independent of language. Rather than representing the configurator of a human-specific mind, language is relegated to an expressive system dedicated to the communication of an independently constituted thought process. Pursuing an alternative ‘un-Cartesian’ vision here, which regards human-specific thought and language as intrinsically linked, I review clinical language patterns in two populations with major cognitive disorders, autism spectrum conditions and schizophrenia, with a view to how language might illuminate psychopathology and vice versa. One universal linguistic function is reference: we cannot utter sentences without referring to persons, objects, and events, based on lexicalized concepts that provide descriptions of these referents. Reference in this sense takes a number of human-specific forms that systematically co-vary with forms of grammatical organization. It also proves to be highly vulnerable across major cognitive disorders. Grammar is thereby correlated with a central cognitive function that mediates forms of thought and selfhood critical to rational health. In this way, clinical linguistic and cognitive diversity provides a new window into the foundational question of the thought-language relationship and the cognitive significance of grammar. For more information contact David Wolfsdorf:

2016-17 Program

The GPPC is pleased to announce its 2016-17 program of events. All GPPC events are open to the public and, except where otherwise noted, free of charge.

Calendar of Events

Click on any of the following events for more information.

Language and the (Dis)organization of Mind - September 17, 2016
GPPC Public Issues Forum: Refugee Rights & State Responsibilities - October 14, 2016
Penn Reasons and Foundations of Epistemology Conference - November 11-12, 2016
Perceptual Learning and Expertise I - February 24-25, 2017 Author Meets Critics: Jill Stauffer, Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard - February 25, 2017
MARCH 2017
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference - March 4, 2017

The New Materialisms: Emergence or Panpsychism? - March 25, 2017

3rd Annual Penn-MAP Non-western Philosophy Conference: Global Feminisms - March 24-25, 2017

Philosophy on Film Series 2017 - March 23 and 30, April 6, 2017
APRIL 2017
2nd Annual Philosophy and Engagement Conference - April 7-9, 2017
MAY 2017
Bryn Mawr and Penn - Perceptual Learning and Expertise II - May 2017
Please also note our ongoing Philosophy Discussion Groups:

Philosophy Discussion Groups
Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group - West Chester University
History & Philosophy of Science Reading Group - Consortium for the History of Science
Philosophy of Religi­on Reading Group - Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia Philosophy of Psychiatry Working Group - Location TBD

More information on these is available under Discussion Groups and in periodic updates on the home page.

Lloyd Gerson on Platonism v. Naturalism

Lloyd Gerson on Platonism v. Naturalism

April 22-23, 2016
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 22
3pm - 5pm
"'Socrates' 'Autobiography' in Plato's Phaedo: An Epitome of Platonism"
Lecture by Lloyd Gerson (University of Toronto)
Temple University - Main Campus
Anderson Hall 821
Women's Studies Lounge
by train: Take SEPTA Regional Rail to Temple University Station. Walk west on Berks St. to Anderson Hall. Take elevatore to Women's Study Lounge on 8th floor.
by car: There is parking at the Montgomery Ave Parking Garage next to Anderson Hall.

A map of the main campus: Anderson Hall is Building #2 at the corner of 11th and Berks Sts.

Saturday, April 23
3pm - 5:45pm
Discussion of Lloyd Gerson's paper "Platonism v. Naturalism"
comments by Danielle MacBeth, followed by open discussion
Seminar on Platonism v. Naturalism
Temple University - Center City Campus
1515 Market Street
Room 421
by train: Take SEPTA subway to City Hall Station or regional rail to Suburban Station, where Temple University's Cener City building is located.
by car: There are two parking lots nearby: Laz Parking (1500 Market St., entrance on 16th near Ranstead St.) and Parkway (1700 Market St.).

The Saturday event is a read ahead event. The paper is available for download: Platonism Versus Naturalism (PDF).

Note that attendance at the Saturday event does not presupppose attendance at the Friday event.

Events are free and open to the public

For more information please contact David Wolfsdorf,