The Sociality of Personhood

When:18 Feb 2016, 12pm - 5:30pm
19 Feb 2016, 10am - 6:30pm
Venue:Morven Brown Building, room G6 (map ref C20)
The Sociality of Personhood

Persons only exist in plural; persons are genetically and constitutively dependent on other persons; persons cannot be thought of in abstraction from social structures, roles and institutions. These are familiar thoughts, and not very new. The general idea of the constitutive sociality, or relationality, of personhood can be traced back at least to classical German philosophy, Fichte, Hegel and others. And yet, systematic theories of personhood as relational are a relatively new phenomenon. This symposium looks into the sociality or relationality of personhood from both contemporary and historical perspectives, and inquires into ontological, ethical and political questions concerning the concept of personhood, as well as challenges to it.


12.00-12.15 Opening

12.15-14.00 Lynne Rudder Baker (University of Massachusetts Armherst): Personhood as Social

With comments by Catriona Mackenzie (Macquarie University)

14.00-15.00 Italo Testa (University of Parma): Embodied recognition and the constitution of personhood

15.00-15.30 Pause

15.30-16.30 Arto Laitinen (University of Tampere): Personhood and Institutional Recognition

16.30-17.30 Vanessa Lemm (UNSW Australia): Embodiment and Sociability in the Ancient Cynics


10.00-11.30 Michael Quante (University of Münster): Personal Autonomy and Time

11.30-12.30 Thomas Gutmann (University of Münster): Personhood, Recognition, and Normative Individualism

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Miguel Vatter (UNSW Australia): Subjective rights, the Impersonal, and Disembodiment

15.00-16.00 Paul Formosa (Macquarie University): Kantian Persons, Sociality and Dignity

16.00-16.30 Pause

16.30-17.30 Melissa Merritt (UNSW Australia): Practical Reason and Respect for Persons

17.30-18.30 Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW Australia): Intersubjective Recognition and Membership in the Life-form of Persons

Free admission, but due to limited seating those who wish to attend are advised to contact Heikki Ikäheimo:

Organized by the Australian Research Council project ‘The Sociality of Personhood—A Recognition-theoretical Account’.

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