Mental action – a philosophical cross-point

The notion of mental action concerns the idea that some mental processes count as actions of an agent. This idea is gaining increased interest in contemporary philosophy of mind. Philosophers have examined mental action from multiple perspectives relating to attention control, decision-making, perceptual judgement, and phenomenal consciousness. This has made the idea of mental action a contemporary philosophical cross-point: a topic in which multiple branches of philosophy of mind intersect. By bringing together a handful of contemporary philosophers, the workshop Mental action – a philosophical cross-point aims to provide an outlook on this current and manifold philosophical investigation of mental action.


There is no requirement for registration to participate in the workshop.


09:00 Welcome
09:05 Joshua Shepherd (Carleton University and University of Barcelona) Practical reasoning by feel
09:50 Discussion
10:20 Break
10:30 Francesca Secco (University of Oslo) What are we doing when we are reading words?
11:15 Discussion
11:45 Lunch
13:00 Marta Jorba (Pompeu Fabra University) Inner Speech as Mental Action
13:45 Discussion
14:15 Break
14:30 Sebastian Watzl (University of Oslo) What attention is. An identifying account
15:15 Discussion
15:45 Break
16:00 Victor Lange and Thor Grünbaum (University of Copenhagen) Metacognition and mental well-being
16:45 Discussion
17:15 End of workshop