Closing Keynote & Respondent

Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod), Keynote Speaker
G. Gabrielle Starr (New York University), Respondent
March 1, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – “A Self for the Body”
Elebash Recital Hall
CUNY Graduate Center

The body has an ambiguous status, as it seems to be both what we are and what belongs to us. The study of the relationship between the body and the self raises several distinct issues. First, there is the question of personal identity: would the prince be the same person if he had the cobbler’ s body? Second, there is the question of the nature of the self: is the self only mental or also bodily? Third, there is the question of the sense of ownership: how do I know that this body is my own?

Frédérique de VignemontFrédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod), Keynote Speaker

Frédérique de Vignemont’s (CNRS) work studies the philosophy of cognitive science and addresses questions about bodily awareness from a multidisciplinary perspective, including questions concerning our sense of bodily ownership, the spatial content of bodily sensations, and the distinction between body schema and body image. Her research interests explore self-consciousness, disorders of agency and ownership, embodiment, pain, empathy, theory of mind and social cognition.

De Vignemont received her PhD at the Jean Nicod Institute (CNRS, Paris), studying self-consciousness under the supervision of Pierre Jacob. After completing her PhD, Vignemont collaborated with Patrick Haggard at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL, London) studying tactile perception, in addition to work at The Institute of Cognitive Science (Lyon) and a two year appointment as research scholar in the Department of Philosophy at NYU.

Her current work is twofold. First, she works on body representations from a philosophical perspective, from an anthropological perspective (in collaboration with Asifa Majid, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) and from a psychological perspective (in collaboration with Patrick Haggard, UCL, London). She recently received a three-year research grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche on body representation, in collaboration with Alessandro Farné (Unité Inserm 534, Espace et Action, Lyon).

Her second main interest concerns the relationship between self and other. She is working on the hypothesis of shared representations of action and shared representations of the body. She has been referee for journals Mind, Mind and Language, Philosophical Quarterly, Nous, Cognition, Consciousness and Cognition, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophiques, and Review of Philosophy and Psychology. She is currently writing a book on the body and the self titled Mind the Body (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Frédérique de Vignemont is visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Spring 2013


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starrG. Gabrielle Starr (NYU), Respondent

G. Gabrielle Starr, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor of English, is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and of aesthetics, as well as a researcher in neuroaesthetics, a relatively new field of inquiry that uses the tools of cognitive neuroscience to explore the contours of aesthetic experience. Her first book, Lyric Generations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), is a history of the interrelation of lyric poetry and the early British novel, in which she argues for the need to understand the history of changes in literary form as emerging from cross-generic interactions. More recently she has been engaged in empirical and theoretical work in neuroaesthetics. Her most recent book is called Feeling Beauty (forthcoming from MIT Press), and it explores the ways our responses to the Sister Arts of painting, poetry and music are mediated by brain-based reward processes and by the default mode network. This work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the form of a New Directions Fellowship to facilitate training in neuroscience, as well as by an NSF-ADVANCE grant (jointly with Nava Rubin) at NYU.


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