Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Consciousness, Agency and First-person Representation’

University of Barcelona, March 23rd and 24th


The project “Awareness, self-awareness and unawareness: Exploring the perception-cognition-action continuum” (PGC2018-095909-B-I00; PI: Josefa Toribio) will host a two-day workshop, March 23rd and 24th, in Barcelona. The aim of the workshop is to generate fruitful discussion on the relation between consciousness, agency and first-person representation or perspective. Interesting questions that we intend to address include, but are not limited to:


  • Do we need to appeal to first-person representations to understand consciousness? Is consciousness required to have a first-person representation?
  • Can we make sense of the distinction between action and mere movements without appealing to first-person representations?
  • Does agency ground first-person representation?
  • Do we need consciousness to understand what an agent or first-person representation is?
  • There are some processes or capacities, like arguably perception, that we attribute to the individual (personal) rather than to any of its parts (subpersonal). Can we make sense of the personal/subpersonal distinction by appeal to first-person representations or by appeal to action (and, if so, of what kind)?




Those interested in giving a talk at the workshop should submit a 500-ish word abstract to Miguel Ángel Sebastián <> by February 1st, 2020. If you have any question please do not hesitate to write to M. A. Sebastián at


Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Denis Buehler (Jean Nicod Institute)
  • Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mollon University. Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition)
  • Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen. Philosophy of Neuroscience Group)
  • Léa Salje (Leeds)


+ 4 talks from the CfP