Event 1: Social Personhood

Date: 16th January 2018

Keynote Speaker: Professor Arto Laitinen

Social accounts of personhood, in which being a person entails – at least in part – interacting with other persons in some way, play a key role in diverse philosophical fields, appearing for example in theories of collective agency, in philosophical considerations of social robotics, and in ethical, political and ontological accounts of the role of recognition for human beings. More generally, however, various epistemological, and ethical theories appear to depend for their fulfilment or truth on interaction with other persons; in terms of our motivational attitudes and internal states, and in our practices and behaviours. To what extent does this entail that personhood itself is social?

In this workshop we examine this question. Our speakers examine the arguments for and against those aspects of personhood which depend upon, or are constituted by, social interactions and / or roles in society, from a range of different perspectives.

Schedule (includes short breaks between papers and Q&A):

Preliminaries: 9:00 – 9:30

9:00 – 9:20    Arrival and registration sign in.

9:20 – 9:30    Leonie Smith (The University of Manchester). Welcome: Themes, Aims and Admin.

Session A: 9:30 – 11:25

Speaker 1: Roxanne Burton (The University of the West Indies). “Persons, sub-persons, and non-persons in the social space: A comparison of the Akan and person life views”.

Speaker 2: Professor Simon Beck (The University of the Western Cape). Co-authored with Dr. Oritsegbubemi Oyowe (The University of the Western Cape). “Who gets a place in person-space? The person life view and the African traditional view”.

11:25 – 11:45 BREAK

Session B: 11:45 – 13:40

Speaker 3: Dr. Douglas Giles (The University of Essex). “Personhood as the Balancing Act between Self-Constitution and Recognition”.

Speaker 4: Catherine Dale (University College London). “Remembering Children”.

13:40 – 14:35 LUNCH BREAK

Session C: 14:35 – 16:30

Speaker 5: Dr. Xiao Ouyang (University College Cork). “Relational Self and Confucian Role Ethics: Social Personhood from a Western-Chinese Comparative Perspective”.

Speaker 6: Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc (Harvard University). “Interpersonal Engagement and the Recognition of Other Persons”.

Session D: 16:40 – 18:10

Keynote Speaker: Professor Arto Laitinen (The University of Tampere). “Personhood and Recognition Theory”.