Automaticity and Bias in Thought and Action

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: Maxgab@rocketmail.com
Deadline: 30.04.2019
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers and Posters
Ort: Dortmund
Datum: 07.10.2019
Uhrzeit: 09:30 Uhr
Ende: 08.10.2019 16:00
Veranstaltende Institution: Technische Universität Dortmund

Many debates in philosophy of mind and action tend to be based on the (tacit) assumption that thinking and acting are in general consciously executed and controlled by the subject. Empirical evidence form psychology, however, questions this basic assumption. Much of our thinking and acting is automatic: they do not require much attention, can take place in the absence of intentions and may be difficult to control. To mention some examples: automatization plays a central role in skillful and for habitual actions. The debate on “implicit biases” emphasizes that some roots of discrimination lie in automatic cognitive processes. Self-deception seems to exhibit at least some characteristics of an automatic cognitive process.


This conference brings together philosophers and psychologists to discuss these topics. It has two aims: first, to tackle conceptual and theoretical issues pertaining to automaticity itself; second, to explore the significance of automaticity for the way we conceive of ourselves as acting and thinking beings.



Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY New York)

Agnes Moors (KU Leuwen)

Klaus Rothermund (FSU Jena)

Josefa Toribio (U Barcelona)


We have some slots reserved for contributory presentations of papers and posters. We invite submissions from philosophy, psychology and neighboring disciplines that deal with the topic of the conference. See pdf for details.

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