Automaticity and Bias in Thought and Action

Ort: TU Dortmund University, Internationales Begegnungszentrum
Beginn: 07.10.2019 09:30
Ende: 08.10.2019 15:30

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: it does 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.


The conference is part of a project on “Automaticity in Thought and Action and their Significance for our Self-Understanding”, sponsored by MERCUR. It is organized by its project members Katja Crone & Anna Welpinghus (TU Dortmund University), Albert Newen & Francesco Marchi (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Neil Roughley & Flavia Felletti (University Duisburg-Essen).


Participation is free. Please register with Anna Welpinghus via E-mail.

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