new paper

New project publication! Unconscious perception and central coordinating agency:

Consciousness/skill/agency zoom Talk series

We expect the talks to run about 1.5 hours, with 45 for talks and 45 for Q&A. E-mail Josh at for zoom details


April 23

Antonia Peacocke (Stanford)

Practical Concepts and Practical Knowledge

11 am EST


May 7

Juan S. Piñeros Glasscock (Georgia State)

Know-how and generality: a new argument for intellectualism

10 am EST


May 21

Katsunori Miyahara (Hokkaido)

Perspective-sharing in skilled performance: Riken no ken (離見の見) and situated normativity

**This talk will be pre-recorded and sent via e-mail. We will meet to discuss.**

9 am EST


June 4

Laura Tomlinson (Colgate)

The Knowledge Condition on Intentional Action

11 am EST


June 18

Aaron Henry (U of British Columbia)

Making mistakes with defective attention

12 pm EST

Workshop on action control, awareness, and working memory

Hosted via Zoom on September 14, 2020 (e-mail for access)

3 pm CEST, Workshop begins: 15 minute introduction
3:15 – 4:20, Thomas Schack (Bielefeld)
4:20 – 5:25, Elisabeth Pacherie (Jean Nicod)
5:25 – 5:30, Break
5:30 – 6:35, Barbera Montero (CUNY Graduate Center)
6:35 – 7:40, David Rosenbaum, (UC-Riverside)

Workshop on Action

March 26, at the University of Barcelona

Speakers: Denis Buehler (Jean Nicod), Lilian O’Brien (Helsinki)

First Project Publication: Intelligent Action Guidance and the Use of Mixed Representational Formats, to appear in Synthese

The project’s first publication, Intelligent Action Guidance and the Use of Mixed Representational Formats, to appear in Synthese. Here’s the abstract:

My topic is the intelligent guidance of action. In this paper I offer an empirically grounded case for four ideas: that [a] cognitive processes of practical reasoning play a key role in the intelligent guidance of action, [b] these processes could not do so without significant enabling work done by both perception and the motor system, [c] the work done by perceptual and motor systems can be characterized as the generation of information (often conceptually structured information) specialized for action guidance, which in turn suggests that [d] the cognitive processes of practical reasoning that play a key role in the guidance of intelligent action are not the abstract, syllogistic ones philosophers often treat as the paradigm of practical reasoning. Rather, these cognitive processes are constrained by, and work well with, the specialized concepts outputted by perception and the feedback outputted by sensorimotor processes.

Rethinking Conscious Agency begins!

Directed by Dr. Joshua Shepherd, this project will investigate the relationship between conscious experience and capacities for action control.