The metaphysics and the ontology of mind

Funded by the CRUS (École Doctorale de Philosophie Contemporaine) and the Swiss National Science Foundation ("Lesser Entities", 101112-147361), eidos, the Centre for Metaphysics at the University of Geneva, organises a conference on the themes from the metaphysics and ontology of the mind.

The conference will take place at the "Aarbergerhus" on the lake of Bienne. Everyone's welcome, but advance registration is required.

Possible topics include:

  • the metaphysical status of mental states, processes, of appearances, perceptions and
  • the metaphysics of colours and visual perception;
  • the metaphysics of sounds and auditory perception;
  • perspectival facts, first-person perspective;
  • the ontology and metaphysics of emotions.

Particularly welcome are moderated discussion sessions, around a theme and including short inputs by the participants.

To faciliate discussion, as much material as possible should be distributed and read in advance.


Sunday, 15th of September: Arrival day.
  • before 18.00: arrival
  • dinner
  • drinks

Monday, 16th of September:
  • 9.15-10.45 Matthew Soteriou, The Phenomenology and Ontology of Pain
  • coffee break
  • 11.15-12.45 Mike Martin, Experience Needed (part I)
  • lunch
  • 14-15.30 Olivier Massin, Phenomenal Neutral monism
  • coffee break
  • 15.45-16.30 discussion, introduced by Clare MacCumhaill
  • coffee break
  • 16.45-18.15 Casey O'Callaghan, Intermodal Binding Awareness
  • 18.30-19 wrap up-discussion
  • dinner

Tuesday, 17th of September:
Wednesday, 18th of September:
Thursday, 19th of September: Departure day

Conference Organization

Invited participants will receive:

  • a lump sum towards their travel costs
  • accommodation in a simple single room at the "Louis Haus" (shower on the corridor)
  • simple breakfast, lunch and dinner (this is not served, but has to be got in the kitchen)

Coffees and other beverages, as well as nighttime amusement are at the participants costs.

Registered participants in shared rooms may receive some subsidy of their accommodation and food costs (103 CHF / night).

It may be possible to swim in the lake, so bring bathing-clothes.

For any questions, please contact the conference organiser Philipp Blum.