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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness (CSLI Center at Stanford)

Conscious experience is a phenomenon that each of us knows intimately well, yet explaining consciousness has proved to be exquisitely difficult. 

This workshop explores the nature of conscious experience from a variety of viewpoints that cross boundaries in the humanities and sciences.

This year, the workshop addresses the “Hard Problem of Consciousness” (aka the problem of qualia), consciousness and literature, zombies in philosophy, and altered states of consciousness and creativity.

This 2014-2015 academic year, we will present a new series of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness Geballe Workshops, sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center. We are currently planning workshops on consciousness & literature, and the hard problem of consciousness. Speakers this year will include Michael Gazzaniga, Joshua Landy, Suzanne Guerlac, Hakwan Lau and John Bickle.

2014-2015 Meetings:

Varieties of cognitive penetration in visual perception

Thursday, October 16, 2014. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM | Barwise Room, Cordura Hall

Proust and Consciousness: Discussion of Joshua Landy's "Philosophy as Fiction"

Thursday, October 30, 2014. 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM | Barwise Room, Cordura Hall

Proust and Photography: Albertine and memory production

Thursday, November 6, 2014. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM | Stanford Humanities Center Board Room

Molecules, Mechanisms, and (Aspects of) P-Consciousness

Thursday, January 22, 2015. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM | Barwise Room, Cordura Hall


The Center for the Explanation of Consciousness (CEC) is a research initiative at the Center for the Study of Language and Inofrmation (CSLI) which is devoted to studying explanations of consciousness.

For more information, you may contact Michaela Hulstyn at, or the Faculty advisors John Perry and Paul Skokowski.