Date: 1st June 2019

Time: See below

Speakers: See below

Place: New College of the Humanities


Analog magnitude representations allow organisms to respond to important aspects of their environment such as duration, mass, spatial extent, brightness, length, etc. Despite their crucial role in allowing us to represent temporal, spatial, and numerical features of the world, analog magnitude representations have received little philosophical attention. The Numbers, Minds, and Magnitudes conference taking place at New College of the Humanities on June 1 st will focus on questions related to this important but neglected topic. The aim of this conference is to bring together philosophers and psychologists from the UK and beyond to investigate what sort of things magnitudes are and to which extent the psychological study of magnitude representations can shed light on the metaphysics of magnitudes like space, time and number.
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Conference Schedule:

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Coffee

9:30 – 10:40 Christopher Peacocke (Columbia, NCH) – “Analog Representation and the Conceptual/Nonconceptual Distinction”

10:40 – 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:40 Oliver Marshall (CUNY) – “What do analog magnitude representations represent?”

11:40 – 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50- 13:00 Zee R. Perry (Colorado) – “Against Quantitative Primitivism : On Mereology and Metricality”

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch Break

14:15 – 15:05 Angelica Kaufmann (Bar Ilan) – “The Representation of Temporal Magnitudes in Nonhuman Animals”

15:05 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:25 Jacob S. Beck (York) – “Introspection, Epiphenomenalism, and Sensory Magnitudes”

16:25 – 16:40 Coffee Break

16:40 – 17:50 Ophelia Deroy (Munich) – “Touch as a Special Spatial Sense”


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Conference Organisers:
Jean-Charles Pelland (New College of the Humanities, McGill University)
Brian Ball (New College of the Humanities)


Jacob Beck is York Research Chair in the Philosophy of Visual Perception and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada. Beck’s research makes progress on longstanding philosophical puzzles about mental representation and consciousness by reconceptualizing them in light of contemporary cognitive science. He is the co-editor (with Kristin Andrews) of the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds, and his articles have appeared in such venues as The Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Cognition, and The Atlantic.

Ophelia Deroy is former director of the Institute of Philosophy (London) and now Chair of Philosophy of Mind and cognitive Neuroscience at the Munich center for neurosciences. Professor Deroy is also a member of the Graduate School in Systemic Neuroscience (GSN) in Munich.
Angelica Kaufmann (Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv) has extensively studied cognition and intention in nonhuman primates. She recently was Visiting Professor at Boğaziçi University, in Istanbul. Her previous work was sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Lichtenberg-kolleg and Leibniz Institute for Primate Research of Göttingen, and the Italian Academy at Columbia University in NYC.
Oliver Marshall is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Saul Kripke Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His work on numbers and magnitudes is in the intersection of the Philosophies of Language, Math, Mind and Cognitive Science.
Christopher Peacocke is Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and visiting professor at New College of the Humanities. Professor Peacocke was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford, and held a Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.His most recent book is The Primacy of Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Zee R. Perry is a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University and visiting scholar at CU Boulder’s philosophy department whose work has focused on the metaphysics of quantitative physical properties.


The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, Mind Association and New College of the Humanities.



How to get here:

The Conference will be held on Saturday June 1st at New College of the Humanities, 19 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HH.
Situated around the quiet Bedford Square Garden, the College is a quiet and relaxed environment in Central London’s historic Bloomsbury area. It is less than ten minutes’ walk from UCL and Birkbeck College.
The college is within walking distance of Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Euston Square and Russell Square tube stations. The following buses stop within 200m of the College: 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 25, 29, 55, 73, 98, 134, 176 and 390. Consult Transport for London for up-to-date service announcements and journey planning.