Selfless Minds - Workshop and Open-Access Collection on Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: easychair.org/conferences/
Deadline: 31.05.2018
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Frankfurt am Main
Datum: 05.10.2018
Ende: 07.10.2018 --:--
Veranstaltende Institution: Department of Philosophy, JGU Mainz / FIAS

Over the past decade, philosophers and scientists have paid close attention to a number of empirical cases portrayed as disruptions of self-consciousness, including schizophrenic thought insertion, alienation symptoms, depersonalisation disorder, somatoparaphrenia, autoscopic phenomena, full-body illusions, and identity disorders. However, most if not all of these empirical conditions cannot adequately be described as involving conscious states in which self-consciousness is radically disrupted, let alone altogether missing. By contrast, there is emerging empirical evidence suggesting that some non-ordinary states of consciousness may involve a more dramatic, global dissolution or total loss of self-consciousness. This might be the case during “non-dual awareness” meditation, drug-induced ego dissolution, dreamless sleep mentation, acute psychotic episodes, and partial epileptic seizures.

By bringing key players in the field together, we hope to make progress on these matters and the set the stage for an empirically grounded and conceptually rigorous debate on self-consciousness and its limits. In particular, we invite original contributions investigating radical disruptions of self-consciousness, reflecting on what such alterations mean for our understanding of self-consciousness in ordinary states, and addressing the question of whether there can really be conscious states lacking any kind of self-consciousness whatsoever.

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