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Philosophy of Mind in Tokyo

Updated: Mar 19

An International Workshop

20~21 March 2024

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University, Tokyo

In person only

No registration necessary

This workshop brings together local and international philosophers from a diverse range of areas within philosophy to focus on aspects of the philosophical problem of human experience, in terms of values, agency, aesthetic experience and consciousness itself.

The first part of the event focuses on human experience broadly considered, including issues of moral responsibility in the case of collective actions (Samuel Mortimer; Oxford University), the special role of acquaintance in moral evaluation (Laurie Paul; Yale), as well as the philosophical problem of consciousness from an empirical point of view (Hakwan Lau; RIKEN).

The second part of the workshop narrows the scope to issues surrounding aesthetic experience in particular, with talks on the logic of taste discrimination (Ben Blumson; Singapore) and of drink titles (Uku Tooming & Kengo Miyazono; Tartu and Hokkaido), olfactory imagination and pleasure (Cain Todd, Lancaster) and how we might metaphysically reconcile differences of taste (Giuliano Torrengo, Samuele Iaquinto, Giuseppe Spolaore; Milan, Eastern Piedmont and Padua). 


Day One: March 20, 2024

Workshop on Experience



Day Two: March 21, 2024

Workshop on Taste



For more details Click here for the conference program.


This workshop is organized by Kengo Miyazono (Hokkaido University), John O’Dea (Tokyo University), Richard Dietz (Tokyo University), Akiko Frischhut (Sophia University)


This workshop is part of the JSPS Grant in Aid for Scientific Research (B) “経験、知覚、意識の哲学に関する国際的研究拠点の構築” and supported by Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Collaborative research Unit “Sophia Food Studies: Mobilities, Sustainability and Ethics.”

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