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 Friday 2/2/2024   |   3:30 PM   |   Rockefeller 106 Class of 1930 Room

SUSANNA SCHELLENBERG

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University

Susanna Schellenberg works on a range of topics in philosophy of mind, epistemology, AI, and neuroscience, including perception, mental representation, consciousness, evidence, knowledge, capacities, and imagination. 

Talk Title: Subjective perspectives and self-representation

Abstract: When an individual navigates her environment as a philosophy professor, her perspective is different than when she does so as a parent or a mountaineer. Her preferences are different, what evidence she pays attention to shifts, and which of her many beliefs are relevant changes. This paper explores the role of self-representation in our perspectives. I argue that how an individual represents herself is a critical part of her perspective. I argue moreover that how she represents herself can shift from moment to moment thus entailing shifts in her perspective. If this is right, then contra orthodoxy, a perspective is not a fixed point in intellectual space that changes only slowly over time. I show how including self-representation in AI systems can solve a host of open problems.

The event is sponsored by the Dartmouth Society of Fellows, the Department of Philosophy, and the Cognitive Science Program.

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