Supervenience, Causality, Mind and Action


9-11 May 1999


Donald Davidson • Fred Dretske • Jaegwon Kim



As previously announced, this exciting conference will feature DONALD DAVIDSON, FRED DRETSKE and JAEGWON KIM along with Brian McLaughlin, Pascal Engel, Michel Seymour, Pierre Jacob, Jérôme Dokic, Pierre Livet, David Henderson, Roberto Casati, Maureen Sie, Jonathan Dancy, Joëlle Proust, Tim Crane, Mikael M. Karlsson, Lynne Rudder Baker, Gertrudis Van De Vijver, Roger Pouivet, Daniel Laurier, Jan Bransen, Andrew Brook, Elisabeth Pacherie, Jeff Malpas and Frederick Stoutland. Michael Smith has unfortunately had to withdraw, but has been replaced by Jonathan Dancy.



The program will consist of a series of  papers falling under the general theme of "Supervenience, Causality, Action and Mind": this encompasses four inter-related focal issues which together characterize much of the work of Davidson, Dretske and Kim. There will be a formal response to each paper; these are meant to be more adventurous than simple "comments". The organizers have not in all cases received final titles for the papers, and there is still some fluidity in the planning. The following program is therefore PROVISIONAL:

Michel Seymour, University of Montreal (Montreal, Canada): "Supervenience and the Community View of Language"
        Responsive Paper: Pierre Jacob, CNRS (Lyon, France)

Jérôme Dokic, University of Rouen (Rouen, France): "Ramsey's Principle versus Situated Action"
        Responsive Paper: Pierre Livet, University of Provence-Aix-Marseille I (Aix-en-Provence, France)

David Henderson, Memphis State University (Memphis, Tennesee, USA): "What is A Priori About Action?"
        Responsive Paper: Roberto Casati, CNRS, CEPERC (Aix-en-Provence, France)

Maureen Sie, Utrecht University (Utrecht, Netherlands): "Causal Determinism, Blameworthy Actions and Normative Disagreements"
        Responsive Paper: Jonathan Dancy, University of Reading (Reading, England)

Jaegwon Kim, Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA): "The Metaphysics of a Layered World"
        Responsive Paper: Pascal Engel, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne (Paris, France)

Joëlle Proust, CNRS, CREA-École Polytechnique (Paris, France): "Concepts of Action and Motor Imagery"
        Responsive Paper: Tim Crane, University College London (London, England)

Mikael M. Karlsson, University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland): "Action and Passion: the Causal Nexus"
        Responsive Paper: Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

Gertrudis Van de Vijver, University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium): "The First Person Perspective: Consequences of a Developmental and Structuralist Approach to Mental Causation for the Philosophy of Mind"
        Responsive Paper: Roger Pouivet, University of Rennes 1 (Rennes, France)

Brian McLaughlin, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA): "Subjectivity and Agency"
        Responsive Papers: Donald Davidson, University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, California, USA)
                            Fred Dretske, Stanford University (Palo Alto, California, USA)

Daniel Laurier, University of Montreal (Montreal, Canada): "Agent Irrationality"
        Responsive Paper: Jan Bransen, Utrecht University (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Andrew Brook, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada): "Content Externalism and Awareness of Content"
        Responsive Paper: Elisabeth Pacherie, CNRS, CEPERC (Aix-en-Provence, France)

Jeff Malpas, Murdoch University (Perth, Australia): "Agency, Causality and Objectivity"
        Responsive Paper: Frederick Stoutland, St. Olaf College (St. Olaf, Minnesota, USA) and Helsinki University (Helsinki, Finland)

The Aix conference is organized by François Clementz and Jean-Pierre Cometti in Aix, Mikael M. Karlsson in Reykjavik, and Roger Pouivet in Rennes. The University of Provence (Aix-Marseille I) is the host institution and principal sponsor, with the University of Iceland as associated sponsor and with the cooperation of the University of Rennes 1. Support for the conference also comes from: Centre d'épistemologie et d'ergologie comparatives, Ministère de la recherche and the Région Provence Alpes Côte d'Azure.



Electronic registration for the Aix conference has been offered through this web site but is now closed. The facilities in Aix require the organizers to set an upper limit on the number of participants, and this limit has now been reached. Those who have received paper registration materials are urged to complete them and send them in IMMEDIATELY. Anyone with a burning interest in this conference who has not already sent in an electronic registration may write by regular post to the following address, requesting placement on a WAITING LIST; but it is unlikely that the organizers will be able to accept more than a very few from that list:

                            François Clementz
                            Département de philosophie
                            Université de Provence
                            29, avenue R. Schuman
                            F-13621 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1



For the convenience of conference participants, we provide here a number of Aix information links.

        Tourist Office in Aix:

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        Electronic "Walking Tour" of Aix:

        Tourism in Provence:


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Updated: 6/3/99