Research group for Consciousness, Cognition and Reality (CCR)
The focus of CCR is contemporary theoretical philosophy, mainly within the analytic school, and how issues here relate to those in the biological and cognitive sciences, including cognitive neuroscience. How can empirical issues about the mind and its capacities, together with evidence from neuroscience, illuminate and be illuminated by philosophical debates about physicalism, consciousness, scientific explanation, concepts and so on?
The group consists of researchers at the Philosophy Department, NTNU. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion of issues within theoretical philosophy and cognitive science at the department; to assist each other in our individual writing and research; and in the long run to formulate collaborative project proposals.
If you would like to take part in our weekly meetings send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of language, especially following issues: nature of ‘folk' psychology and its relation to scientific psychology, reductionism/pluralism in science, the nature and status of epistemic norms, naturalism and its relation to the realism/anti-realism debate, linguistic and rational competence.
Recent/forthcoming publications/under preparation:
‘Why we don't need naturalistic epistemic norms' in M. Milkowski and K. Talmont-Kaminski, eds., Beyond Description: Normativity in Naturalised Philosophy. College Publications, London 2010.
‘Two kinds of non-scientific naturalism' forthcoming in M. Milkowski and K. Talmont-Kaminski (op. cit.).
‘Naturalism, pragmatism and the retreat from metaphysics: Scientific versus subject naturalism' in J. Knowles & H. Rydenfelt, eds., Pragmatism, Science and Naturalism. Frankfurt: Peter Lang forthcoming (2011).
‘Davidson versus Chomsky: The case of shared languages' forthcoming (2011) in Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift (in translation).
‘Naturalised epistemology, reciprocal containment and metaphysical realism' in J. Hvorecky and T. Hribek,eds., Knowledge, Value, Evolution. London: College Publications, forthcoming.
‘Naturalism without realism?' in preparation.
‘Philosophical explanations – elusive or non-existent?' in preparation.
- "Kripke's Wittgenstein Reconsidered", under revision for Dialectica.
- State-of-the-Art article on Response-Dependence, under preparation for Schnieder, Steinberg & Hoeltje (eds.) Ontological Dependence, Supervenience, and Response-Dependence, forthcoming (2011) Philosophia Verlag, Munich.
- Paper planned on communicative success.
- Paper planned on linguistic intuitions and philosophical expertise.
‘Intuitionism Redux' (paper on the neural mechanisms underpinning spatial cognition)
‘Intentionality and the Neurodynamics of Experience' (paper on how the intrinsic dynamics of nervous systems enables consciousness)
Recent publications/future plans:
(The Problem of Scientific Method in the Context of Discovery) Problem metody naukowej w kontekście odkrycia, w Monika Waczak (red.), Metodologia: tradycja i perspektywy, Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL 2010
(What does It Mean that Science Need Philosophy) Co to znaczy, że nauce potrzebna jest filozofia?, w: Wojciech Kowalski, Stanisław Wszołek (red.), (Over Demarcation) Ponad demarkacją, Tarnów: Wydawnictwo Biblos 2008, pp. 161-184.
Does Darwinism Support the Humanities? (in progress)
Towards Naturalistic Model of the Humanities (planned)
Inference to the Best Explanation in the Humanities (planned)
Hans Gunnar Lian
part-time lecturer and research fellow-applicant
Philosophy of mind and psychology (intentionality, representations, mental content, colour perception)
Some recent publications/presentations:
‘Health Equity in a Globalised World: Toward Constraining Global Greed?' 10th World Congress of Bioethics; 2010-07-28 - 2010-07-31
The cross-cultural importance of satisfying vital needs. Bioethics 2009, Volume 23 (9) p. 486-496.
part-time lecturer, PhD candidate