Mind, Attention, & World
Themes in Indian and Buddhist Philosophical Theory

When: 25th and 26th April, 2019. 9am to 5pm
Where: NYU New York, USA. 19 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor

 

The philosophical traditions of India offer contemporary researchers an unparalleled and mostly untapped resource for fresh thinking about attention, its relations to mind and world. From Nyāya manas-theory to the extensive Buddhist theories about attention’s relationship with consciousness, and from precise taxonomies of the varieties of attention to discussions about the norms governing attention, epistemic, moral, and practical, the wealth and sophistication of Indian analysis is astounding. Our workshop will look at the ways in which Indian, including Buddhist, philosophical theory can enrich contemporary discussion, and there will be presentations by a world-class panel of speakers.

We hope too that this workshop will serve as a catalyst to Indian philosophical studies in the New York area. The workshop is free and open to everyone, and the program is here. There is a registration page here.

SPEAKERS

ARINDAM CHAKRABARTI

Nirmal K. and Augustina Mattoo Chair in Classical Indic Humanities, Stony Brook University, State University of New York

“Deciding to Attend and the Problem of Disjunctive Attention”

SHARON STREET

Professor of Philosophy, New York University

“On Recognizing Oneself in Others: A Meditation-Based Response to Mackie’s Argument from Queerness”

SHALINI SINHA

Lecturer in Non-Western Philosophy, University of Reading

“The Ethics of Attention: Śāntideva and Simone Weil”

CATHERINE PRUEITT

Assistant Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, George Mason University

“At the Limits of Pain: Attention, Exclusion, and Self-Knowledge in Pratyabhijñā Śaivism.”

CAROLYN DICEY JENNINGS

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, Merced

“From Attention to Self”

CURIE VIRAG

Senior Research Fellow and Co-Project Director, University of Edinburgh

“Attention as Cognitive Resonance”

NILANJAN DAS

Lecturer in Philosophy, University College London; formerly NYU Shanghai

“Śrīharṣa on Self-knowledge and the Inner Sense”

AMIT CHATURVEDI

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

“Phenomenal Priority and Reflexive Self-Awareness: Watzl meets Yogācāra”

ANAND JAYPRAKASH VAIDYA

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy, San Jose State University

“Attention and Justification”

MUHAMMAD FARUQUE

George Ames Postdoctoral Fellow, Fordham University, New York

“Attending to Oneself: Muḥammad Iqbāl and his Indian Contemporaries”

SONAM KACHRU

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

“Attention and Affect: A view from Indian Buddhist Philosophy”

GEORGES DREYFUS

Jackson Professor of Religion, Williams College

“But What is Mindfulness? A Phenomenological Approach”

ZACHARY IRVING

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia (Corcoran Department of Philosophy)

 

“Harnessing the Wandering Mind”

EVAN THOMPSON

Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

“Affect Biased Attention and Concept Formation”

PARTICIPANTS AT LARGE

ADRIANA RENERO

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness

PAYAL DOCTOR

Professor of Philosophy, LaGuardia Community College City University of New York

JOERG TUSKE

Professor of Philosophy, Salisbury University

ROHINI SHUKLA

PhD candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York

RICHARD BROWN

Associate Professor of Philosophy, LaGuardia Community College City University of New York

NIC BOMMARITO

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Buffalo, State University of New York

SUSANNA SIEGEL

Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

BRYCE HUEBNER

Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

EMILY MCRAE

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico