Enlarging the Concept Workshop

Enlarging the Concept Workshop
12 June 2018, 9.30am - 6.00pm
Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Professor Lawrence Barsalou (University of Glasgow)

Dr Sapphira Thorne (City, University of London)

Professor Agustin Vicente (UPV/EHU, Spain)

Professor Daniel Weiskopf (Georgia State University, USA)


Exercising a concept in thought may bring with it a variety of psychological processes which are different from activating the 'knowledge' found in a definition, prototype, exemplar or theory. The most prominent source for enlarging (or replacing) these well-studied structures is the sensorimotor (Barsalou 2016). Affective, interoceptive and other kinds of experiences furnish further candidates. Are these 'accompaniments' important in characterising the role concepts play in thought and action? If so, how should we think of them: as part of the concept, as knowledge encoded with the concept, as 'characterisations' associated with the concept (Camp 2015), or as mere associations? And what turns on how we answer this question?

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together philosophers and psychologists to address these questions. Tickets £10 and £5 (graduate students) which includes refreshments and lunch.

Please register for this event by June 8th.


Emily Gardner
020 7862 8867