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)?






Monday 23rd


9:30:                Pepa Toribio and Miguel Ángel Sebastián: Welcome


9:35-10:20       Myrto Mylopoulos:   Unconscious Perception and the Problem of Attribution


10:25-11:10       Maik Niemeck:  The subjective character of experience as a mental relation


11:10-11:45        Coffee break


11:45-12:45       Wayne Wu: TBA


12:45-14:45       Lunch

14:45-15-30      Carlota Serrahima:   Are dedicated bodily representations de se representations?

15:35-16:20       Raphaël Millière:   Spatial Content and Self-Representation in Perception


16:20-16:40       Coffe break 

16:40-17:40       Denies Buehler:  TBA


Tuesday 24th


9:30-10:15       Gabriele Ferretti:   Visuomotor Consciousness


10:20-11:05      Marta Jorba and Tom McClelland:   Perceptual Motivation for Action


11:05-11:40       Coffee break

11:40-12:40      Léa Salje:   Losing Oneself and Making Oneself

12:40-14:40      Lunch

14:40-15:25      Jordi Fernandez:   Knowledge of one’s own actions from the first-person perspective


15:30-16:15      Aaron Henry:    Consciousness, Agency, and the Sense of Ownership of Action

16:15-16:35      Coffee break

16-35-17:35     Hong Yu Wong:   The Structure of Embodiment