Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Consciousness, Agency and First-person Representation

University of Barcelona, November 16th and 17th


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, November 16th and 17th, 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)?