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 jmason@wcupa.edu or Charlotte Moore cmoore@wcupa.edu.

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, msolomon@temple.edu or Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania, hatfield@sas.upenn.edu.

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, jgodfrey@sju.edu

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, ginger.hoffman@sju.edu.

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: dwolfsdo@temple.edu