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12. Dezember 2022: Workshop "Self-control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives"

14. Dezember 2022: Humboldt Lecture mit Prof. Dr. Sabine Wilke und Dr. Qi Li

15. Dezember 2022: GIP Lecture mit Dr. Aurélie Névot 

16. Dezember 2022: Global Encounters Lecture mit Dr. Salah Punathil

23. Januar 2023: GIP Lecture mit Prof. Dr. Mathias Obert

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Fellow Life

Fellow Lunch Talks

Die Lunch Talk Series lädt internationale Fellows und Tübinger Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ein, sich in entspannter Atmosphäre während der Mittagspause auszutauschen.

Über die Fellow Lunch Talks

Die Lunch Talk Series lädt internationale Fellows und Tübinger Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ein, sich in entspannter Atmosphäre während der Mittagspause auszutauschen.
Jeden Monat stellt ein Fellow der Universität Tübingen seine Forschung vor. Jeder Lunch Talk findet an einem anderen Ort in Tübingen statt, um sich jenseits der konventionellen Hörsäle und Seminarräume kennenzulernen und zu vernetzen.

Lust, Ihre Forschung vorzustellen und andere Tübinger Fellows und Wissenschaftler:innen kennzulernen? Wir freuen uns über Ihr Interesse:

Focus Group Events

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Einen Überblick aller Focus Groups  finden Sie hier

Vorträge und Vortragsreihen

Global Encounters Lecture Series

Die Global Encounter Lecture Series wird in Kooperation zwischen dem College of Fellows und der Global Encounters research platform der Universität Tübingen organisiert, mit dem Ziel, Netzwerke und den Austausch zwischen verschiedenen Disziplinen zu fördern.

Nächste Global Encounters Lecture: 

Freitag 16. Dezember 2022, 16 Uhr
Großer Senat, Neue Aula
(Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)

Dr. Salah Punathil: 
"National Borders among Families: Intimate Citizenship and Removal in India"

Dr. Salah Punathil

"National Borders among Families: Intimate Citizenship and Removal in India"

Fr, 16. Dezember 2022, 16 Uhr
Großer Senat, Neue Aula
(Geschwister Scholl Platz Tübingen)

A new National Register of Citizens in 2019 saw the listing of 1.9 million people as illegal migrants in India’s northeast state of Assam before the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in the same year. However, little has been said about the practices prevalent in Assam, where Bengali-speaking population have faced detection, detention and ‘deportability’ for at least the past two decades. While the prevalent discourse revolves around how illegal migrants acquire citizenship rights crossing the border between India and Bangladesh, this work sheds light into intimate citizenship and the process of removal in India.  By using ethnographic insights, the paper aims to explore two interrelated themes. First, it looks at how family itself becomes a quintessential unit of defining citizenship in the policies of the state and how it affects and irregularizes the citizenship status of individuals. Secondly, it shows how citizenship policies and bureaucratic interventions produce mixed families having both Indians and alleged Bangladeshis at their home, leading to an intense crisis in their life. Mixed-status families then live in continuous vulnerability and anxiety with the constant fear of family members being separated, detained and deported.

Humboldt Lecture Series

In dieser Vortragsreihe stellen Tübinger Fellows der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung ihre Arbeit einem breiteren universitären Publikum vor. Die Vortragsreihe bietet eine Plattform, um die Forschungen einiger der exzellentesten internationalen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler in einem interdisziplinären Kontext zu diskutieren.

Die Humboldt Lecture Series wird vom College of Fellows und dem Welcome Center der Universität Tübingen in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Humboldt-Club Tübingen und mit Unterstützung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung organisiert.

Überblick der Vorträge im WiSe 2022/23

Alle Vortragstermine finden in der Neuen Aula im Großen Senat um 18.30 Uhr statt. 

Humboldt Lectures 9. November 2022

Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)
18.30 Uhr

Dr Daniel Weiss (Faculty of Protestant Theology)
Title: Revisiting Early Jewish-Christian Relations

What is the early history of conflict between Judaism and Christianity? Already in Christian texts from the second and third centuries, one finds a negative attitude expressed toward ‘Judaism.’  Scholars have frequently assumed that rabbinic Judaism viewed followers of Jesus in an equally negative way during this same time period.
However, third-century rabbinic texts do not express an inherently negative attitude towards Jesus-followers.  Many topics associated with the Jesus-movement do not appear to have evoked negative responses for the authors of the rabbinic texts -- including topics such as claims that the messiah has already come; the idea of calling someone ‘son of God’; and the ways the Synoptic Gospels criticize the Pharisees. Assumptions of a mutual, two-way hostility between Judaism and Christianity during this time period need to be fundamentally rethought.

Daniel H. Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Paradox and the Prophets: Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion (2012) and Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Politics of Divine Violence (forthcoming 2023), among other publications, and co-editor of multiple books, including Scripture and Violence (2020). Actively involved in the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, he is a recent recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

Dr Sofie Schiødt (Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES))
Title: Medical Practice in Ancient Egypt: Who, What, and How?


In this talk, I will discuss how medicine was practiced in ancient Egypt through the overarching questions of who, what, and how. That is, who was the healer in ancient Egypt, and who was the patient? What form did healing methods take, and what disease conceptualizations and explanatory models lay behind these? And finally, how was healing performed? What kind of actions were integral to the healing process?

The only tangible evidence for the practice of medicine in ancient Egypt is a relatively small corpus of some 20–40 texts spanning almost 2000 years. Because these texts only describe certain aspects of the medical practice, it leaves many questions unanswered. In this talk, I attempt to shed light on some of the more obscure parts of the practice in order to provide a more holistic representation of the ancient science.

Sofie Schiødt obtained her PhD degree in Egyptology from the University of Copenhagen in 2021 with the preliminary text edition of an ancient Egyptian medical papyrus. Since then, she has been employed as a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Edubba Foundation. Schiødt’s main research interests lie in ancient Egyptian medicine and magic, science and technology, and social history.

Humboldt Lectures 14. Dezember 2022

Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)
18.30 Uhr

Professor Sabine Wilke (German Studies)
Title: Human-Nonhuman Interactions in Recent German Performances

Every late spring since 1951, the Vienna Theater Festival brings performers from around the world to Vienna for an opportunity to share recent developments in performance styles. Equally amazing and transformative, on June 1, 2017, a scholarly symposium on animal music took place at the university in Linz. Both of these cross-species performances probe the limits of our common understanding of how performance space works, who is supposed to inhabit it, what the interaction is like between performers and audience members, and what it means to perform in the first place. They blur the boundaries between the realms of humans, animals, and machines by focusing on the radical idea of how these realms could work together.

Sabine Wilke is the Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor in Western Civilization and Professor of German at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching interests include modern German literature and culture, intellectual history and theory, cultural and visual studies, and the environmental humanities. She has written books and articles on body constructions in modern German literature and culture, German unification, the history of German film and theater, German colonialism, and the German environmental imagination.

Dr Qi Li (Plant Genetics)
Title: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Lateral Shoot Formation during Maize Embryogenesis

Cereal grains provide ~50% of calories consumed by humans and livestock. With the population growing, there are urgent demands for increasing yield and improving nutrient quality of cereal grains. The oil-stored embryo has become an attractive target for crop improvement. Comprising a shoot/root meristematic axis that develops into all organs in the plant, the embryo also received considerable attention of geneticists. Studies in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana have dissected mechanisms underlying development of the dicot embryo coupling with a transiently filled endosperm. This knowledge is, however, not directly transferable to embryogenesis in the monocot grasses. Not only are the two classes of embryos morphologically diverse, the developmental processes establishing the embryonic axis are distinct. Aiming to coordinate a heavy load of nutrient transfer from endosperm to embryo in cereal grains, the monocotyledon (aka scutellum) needs to be developed nearby the endosperm, which separates endosperm and the embryonic shoot-root axis initiated at the opposite face. In this talk, I will introduce our present investigations into regulatory mechanisms underlying formation of this adaxial-abaxial polarity characteristic for the monocot embryo. Insights gained allow a comparative understanding of embryogenesis and can facilitate improvement of key agricultural traits.

I’m a geneticist solely using maize/corn as the study organism. Before wandering in the corn field of Tübingen as a Humboldt research fellow, I got my bachelor degree in China Agricultural University, Beijing and my PhD in CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Shanghai. Now I’m obsessed with exploring molecular mechanisms of essential developmental processes in cereals.

Humboldt Lectures 11. Januar 2023

Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)
18.30 Uhr

Dr Francesco Padovani (Classical Philology)
Title: Rethinking the Platonic Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age: The Case of Plutarch

Plutarch was the most eminent writer of Platonic dialogues of his time; nonetheless, only scarce critical attention has been devoted to his relationship with the Platonic model. In the Early Imperial Age, Plato represents a dynamic model for the development of further formal, stylistic and philosophical innovations, which are enhanced by the hybridity of the Platonic dialogue as a literary genre. Plutarch’s renewal of the Platonic model concerns crucial aspects of the dialogue, i.e. the role of the author, the characterization of the main figures, the settings, the hybridization with other literary genres. The literary aspect, as well as the relationship with the Second Sophistic and the Middle-Platonism represent the core of the research. A more general question concerning the adaptation of the Socratic ‘democratic’ model to the elitist Greco-Roman society of Plutarch’s time belongs nonetheless to the context of this project and has to be taken into consideration.

Francesco Padovani (Verona, 1989) has obtained his PhD in Ancient Greek Literature and Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy, with a dissertation about the etymologies of the divine names in Plutarch’s works. His research interests cross the boundaries between literature, philosophy and ancient religious studies, focusing mainly on Plutarch of Chaeronaea, Plato and the history of Platonism. In the last few years, he has also intensively explored the fields of classical reception studies and literary theory.

Professor Dalia Nassar (Philosophy)
Title: From Romantic Empiricism to the Embodied History of Trees

The aim of this talk is to develop a picture of trees and of the ways in which they challenge some of our most basic biological and ethical concepts. Beginning with an account of my recent book, "Romantic Empiricism," I explicate how this research led me to the study of plants, and trees in particular, and go on to articulate the character of trees, homing in on the ways in which trees "embody" their history and environment, and how environments are themselves expressions of their trees. I conclude by considering the implications of these insights for our understanding of life, the environment, and ethics.

Dalia Nassar is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Her research sits at the intersection of environmental philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of German philosophy. She is the author of two books including, most recently, Romantic Empiricism: Nature, Art, and Ecology from Herder to Humboldt (Oxford, 2022), and editor of several books, including an anthology of works by women philosophers in the long nineteenth century.

Humboldt Lectures 8. Februar 2023

Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)
18.30 Uhr

Professor Han-luen Kantzer Komline (Protestant Theology)
Title: The Idea of the New in Early Christian Thought

For many contemporary people, new is better than old as surely as fresh is better than stale.  In ancient times, however, these values were not assumed in the same way.  Rather, the tendency was just the opposite.  “Older is better,” a popular saying went.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, the popular imagination suggests a vision of the early Christians—the “fathers of the church,” as they are sometimes called—as stodgy traditionalists who nervously fanned away any fresh winds of change that happened to blow in their direction.
Yet a closer look begins to erode these caricatures.  Just as contemporary societies and social groups can exhibit a powerful sense of nostalgia, ancient societies and groups were much more complex, multifaceted, and ambivalent in their assessments of novelty than we might at first tend to assume.  This lecture will present some of this complexity as displayed among early Christians as they sought to articulate and defend the innovative character of their faith.

Han-luen Kantzer Komline is Associate Professor of Church History and Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, USA and the author of Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Her research focuses on early Christian theology, with many of her publications focusing on Augustine or his relationship to other thinkers, ranging from Ambrose and Cyprian to Karl Barth and Marilynne Robinson. Professor Volker Drecoll is her host as she pursues her research here in Tübingen.

Dr Diana Liao (Biology)
Title: Vocal Flexibility in Crows

Understanding how human speech evolved is an enormously difficult problem. One approach to doing so is via the comparative method - investigating the vocal behaviors and associated mechanisms of extant animals. In addition to studying closely related species as a means to reconstruct our own evolutionary history, we can also examine the capabilities of much more distant relatives. Currently, I study crows - corvid songbirds - who have departed from the human lineage over 300 million years ago but still demonstrate striking abilities to flexibly learn and produce complex vocalizations. Songbirds possess a highly-specialized set of brain nuclei - collectively known as the song system - that is integral to how juveniles learn to sing from a tutor. In addition to song, I am interested in other cognitive aspects of flexible vocal behaviors and will present results on two projects - one demonstrating the crow's vocal control over the number of calls they make and the other on their capabilities to grasp recursive sequences.

Dr Diana Liao is interested in the evolution of complex cognitive and social behaviors using the comparative approach. She first got interested in cognitive neuroscience during her bachelor studies at Johns Hopkins University. She then did a doctorate at Princeton University studying vocal interactions and development in marmoset monkeys. For her postdoc, she switched animal species and traveled to Germany on a Humboldt fellowship to study the complex vocal capabilities of crows at the University of Tübingen.

Vergangene Humboldt Lectures

Alle bisherigen Humboldt Lectures aus den Jahren 2021 und 2022 finden Sie hier.

GIP Lecture Series

Online Vortragsreihe in Kooperation mit der Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie

Nächste GIP-Lecture: 

Do, 15. Dezember 2022,14 Uhr (MEZ)

Aurélie Névot (CNRS, linCS):
„From Tianxia to Tianxia-ism“

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Aktuelle GIP-Vortragsreihe zu Zhao Tingyangs Konzept 'Tianxia'

Termine im Wintersemester 2022/23

Die nächsten vier Vorträge der online GIP-Vortragsreihe befassen sich alle mit dem Konzept der Tianxia, das ZHAO Tingyang kürzlich als mögliche neue Weltordnung vorgeschlagen hat, die auf verschiedenen Strängen der chinesischen Tradition sowie auf einigen Ideen der liberalen politischen Theorie beruht. ZHAO Tingyang wird zunächst seine Ideen vorstellen, und drei Referenten werden dann kritisch dazu Stellung nehmen.

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22. September, 14 Uhr (MEZ): ZHAO Tingyang (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing): “The maze of Tianxia--all-under-heaven”
20. Oktober, 14 Uhr (MEZ): Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT): “The Limits of Tianxia”
17. November, 14. Uhr (MEZ): Georg Stenger (University of Vienna): “Some phenomenologically instructed requests to Zhao Tingyang's concept of 'Tianxia'“
15. Dezember, 14. Uhr (MEZ): Aurélie Névot (CNRS, linCS): „From Tianxia to Tianxia-ism“

Tianxia – Alles unter dem Himmel. Eine kritische Würdigung

Tianxia ist ein zentraler Begriff der klassischen chinesischen Philosophie. Wörtlich übersetzt bedeutet er „Alles unter dem Himmel“. Neben anderen Aspekten bezeichnet er das politische Ideal einer Weltordnung. ZHAO Tingyang hat diesen Aspekt des Tianxia in einem 2016 erschienen und seither in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzten Buch aufgegriffen mit dem Ziel, das „idealistische Konzept des Tianxia realistisch darzustellen“, um es für die Gegenwart interessant zu machen. ZHAO legt besonderen Wert darauf, dass es sich beim Tianxia um eine integrative, die gesamte Welt umfassende Ordnung handelt, die „kein Außen kennt“. Anders als die politische Philosophie des Westens, die seiner Ansicht nach auf nationalstaatliche Konzepte zurückgreift und deshalb immer einen Ausgleich suchen muss, vermag das Tianxia Frieden und Sicherheit für alle allein dadurch zu gewährleisten, dass es von der Welt ausgeht. Zhao zufolge entstand das Konzept des Tianxia im 11. und 10. Jahrhundert vor unserer Zeit, angetrieben vor allem durch den Herzog von Zhou. In die Philosophie des Tianxia sind Elemente des Daoism, Moism, Guan-zi, Confucius, and Xun-zi eingeflossen. ZHAO ergänzt sie durch einzelne Momente liberaler politischer Philosophie.

In der vier Vorträge umfassenden Sequenz der GIP-Lectures soll das Konzept des Tianxia und insbesondere ZHAO’s adaptation of this concept to modern political philosophy gewürdigt und kritisch diskutiert werden.

Die nächste GIP-Lecture im Januar 2023

23. Januar 2023, 12:00 CET
Prof. Dr. Mathias Obert, National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan: "Als Phänomenologe unterwegs in japanischen Gärten"

In dem Vortrag soll es zunächst um eine philosophische Würdigung japanischer Gärten in ihren ästhetischen Dimensionen gehen. Ich bediene mich eines phänomenologisch- rezeptionsästhetischen Ansatzes, um herauszufinden, wie Gartenanlagen, Räume, Steinsetzungen und Gartenpflanzen uns etwas sehen lassen und sprechend werden, noch bevor es zu kulturhistorisch festgelegten Deutungen kommen muß. Aus einer intensiven Beschreibung sinnhaft-sinnlicher Erfahrungen, die wir in japanischen Gärten machen können, versuche ich, nicht nur den üblichen Symbolismus und die hermeneutische Erschließung solcher Gebilde in Frage zu stellen und anzureichern, sondern überdies gängige Verständnismuster wie die Gegensatzpaare von Natur und Kultur oder Zwang und Freiheit aufzuweichen. Im Zuge dessen wird es sodann möglich, phänomenologischen Leitideen wie Sinngehalt, Anmutung, Horizont, Stimmung, Phänomengenese, Zeitlichkeit und Responsivität schärfere Konturen zu verleihen. Auf diese Weise kann unser Philosophieren zuletzt nicht nur in inhaltlichen Hinsichten Anregung und Anleitung aus der Gartenerfahrung und der unmittelbaren Anschauung beziehen, sondern es wird zudem möglich, phänomenologische Überzeugungen und Verfahrensweisen in ihrer grundsätzlichen methodischen Berechtigung zu überprüfen und kritisch zu befragen.

Mathias Obert
lehrt seit 2008 zeitgenössisches europäisches Denken und Ästhetik an der National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, nachdem er 2012 zum Professor ernannt wurde. Von 1998 bis 2002 lehrte er an der Universität München und der Universität Hamburg. 2002 wurde er als Juniorprofessor an die Humboldt-Universität berufen, wo er sich habilitierte und 2006 die venia legendi habilitierte. Nachdem er sich in Taiwan niedergelassen hatte, war er zunächst Professor am Institut für Philosophie der Soochow-Universität in Taipeh, bevor er 2008 an seinen jetzigen Arbeitsplatz, das Institut für Philosophie in Kaoshiung, versetzt wurde.


Vergangene GIP-Lectures

  • 17. November 2022, 14. Uhr
    Georg Stenger (University of Vienna): “Some phenomenologically instructed requests to Zhao Tingyang's concept of 'Tianxia'“
  • 20. Oktober, 14 Uhr (MEZ): Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT): “The Limits of Tianxia”
  • 22. September 2022, 14:00 Uhr
    ZHAO Tingyang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing: "The maze of Tianxia--all-under-heaven"
  • 19. Juli 2022, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Adoulou N. Bitan, Harvard University: "Muntu in Crisis and the Critique of (Western) Philosophy"
  • 28. Juni 2022, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Alena Rettova, Professor of African and Afrophone Philosophies, University of Bayreuth: "To be or not to be: Towards an African philosophy of the nonhuman"
  • 19. April 2022, 19:30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Edwin Etieyibo, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • 8. März 2022, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. Gabriele Münnix-Osthoff, Münster/Innsbruck, Präsidentin der Association Internationale des Professeurs de Philosophie: „Is Intercultural Communication Possible? On the Difficulty of Adequate Trans-Lations“
  • 8. Februar 2022, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Maria Jimena Solé, Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET):
    “The Early Reception of Fichte in Latin America: Juan Bautista Alberdi”
  • 7. Dezember 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University:
    "Ecological Phenomenology: bodiliness and the study of experience in Classical Indian texts"
  • 18. November 2021, 12:30 Uhr
    Dr. Bhagat Oinam, Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University:
    "Can there Be a Phenomenological Study Of Indigenous Philosophy?"
  • 25. Oktober 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. phil. habil. Zhuofei Wang:
    "Athmosphärenesthetik aus interkultureller Perspektive"
  • 28. September 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott, Professorin für ästhetische Theorien HFBK Hamburg:
    "From dualistic to dividual concepts of culture. A history of the entwining of European-African-Antillan cultural understandings"
  • 20. Juli 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Franz Gmainer-Pranzl, Leiter des Zentrums Theologie Interkulturell, Universität Salzburg:
    "Kann Religion Polylog? Chancen und Grenzen der theologischen Rezeption interkultureller Philosophie"
  • 30. Juni 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. Elise Coquereau-Saouma
    "Philosophical Disagreements and Plurality of Voices: Rethinking the Rules of Debates in Contemporary India"
  • 27. April 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Goddard:
    "La pensée politique d'Eboussi Boulaga centre Amérique Latine et Afrique"
  • 23. März 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. Jonathan Chimakonam Okeke:
    "Overcoming the three Challenges of Intercultural Philosophy: A Conversational Approach"
  • 11. Februar 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. Hora Zabarjadi Sar:
    "Islamic Feminism: The Iranian Narrative"
  • 21. Januar 2021, 19:00 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Barbara Schellhammer:
    "Zum Anspruch des Fremden im Denken"
  • 15. Dezember 2020, 19:00 Uhr
    Dr. M. John Lamola, Associate Professor at the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg
    "The historic-cultural challenge of Paulin Hountondji's scientism in the human-computer era"
  • 5. November 2020
    Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Univeresity of Bristol
    "Can INterculturalism complement Multiculturalism?"
  • 15. Oktober 2020
    Prof. Yoko Arisaka, Universität Heidesheim
    "Knowledge and Compassion: Structural Racism and the Failures of Liberalism"
  • 15. September 2020
    Prof. Dr. Mogobe Ramose, University of South Africa in Pretoria:
    "Ubu-ntu: affirming the humanness of all human beings, sharing the bread from mother Earth"
  • 30. Juli 2020
    Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan, University of Gießen
    "Die Aufklärung vor den Europäern retten"
  • 30. Juni 2020
    Prof. Dr. Jason Wirth, University of Seattle:
    "The Great Death and the Pure Land: Nishitani Keiji and the Ecological Emergency"


Self-control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

12. Dezember 2022, 14.00 Uhr – 18.15 Uhr
Neue Aula, Raum 236
(Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Tübingen)

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Hong Yu Wong

Der Workshop findet in Präsenz und hybrid via Zoom statt, und ist für Interessierte geöffnet.
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Self-control is a core human capacity allowing us to regulate and manage our emotional and cognitive lives in the face of temptations, impulses and environmental changes. This workshop will look at self-control from the perspectives of philosophy and the brain and cognitive sciences, exploring notions of conflict, difficulty, and inhibition and their implications for everyday life, morality, and society.


14.00 Uhr – 15.15 Uhr
David Dignath (Psychology, University of Tübingen) & the Conflict Network Group:
"Towards a unified framework of conflict-driven control"

15.30 Uhr – 16.45 Uhr
Malte Hendrickx (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA):
"What is Difficulty?"

17.00 Uhr – 18.15 Uhr
Gregor Hochstetter (Philosophy, University of Tübingen):
"Inhibition and Action Control"

Abstracts der Vorträge

14.00 Uhr – 15.15 Uhr
David Dignath (Universität Tübingen) & the Conflict Network Group:
"Towards a unified framework of conflict-driven control"

Are all conflicts, in essence, the same? In the trolley dilemma, a hallmark moral conflict, people decide whether to intervene in order to save people’s lives. In intertemporal choice, a hallmark self-control conflict, people choose between immediate and delayed reward. In the Stroop task, a hallmark cognitive conflict, people distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. If these conflicts are essentially different, psychology would need distinct theories to account for each of them. However, if there is a common essence to these and other conflicts, capturing it in a single framework would be desirable, as it could inspire the development of a comprehensive theory of human action. On the one hand, it makes intuitive sense to argue for the similarity of most or all types of conflicts. By definition, all conflicts share the same underlying structure; they inherently involve some form of incongruency that needs to be resolved before an action can be taken. Also, in different research areas, the process of conflict resolution has been conceptualized similarly, as a two-step process (i.e., first detecting the conflict, then exerting control). On the other hand, the differences between different types conflicts are too glaring to disregard. Some conflicts are more complex, requiring people to consider many parameters (e.g., current needs, potential consequences, relative value of the options); other conflicts are simpler. Some conflicts take milliseconds to resolve; others may take days or weeks. Whereas seemingly contradictory, both perspectives have merit. Yet, this state of affairs poses a problem. If there were only similarities, the idea of a unified conflict framework would be almost trivial. If there were only differences, a unified conflict framework would not be feasible to begin with. The coexistence of clear similarities and glaring differences, however, leaves us with no answer to the question of whether a single conflict framework is viable. In this talk, I will use insights from both perspectives, to develop a framework that conceptualizes conflict in a way that can be applied across domains.

15.30 Uhr – 16.45 Uhr
Malte Hendrickx
(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor):
"What is Difficulty?"

This paper introduces a novel account of difficulty resting on the cognitive science based notion of executive demand. The account is domain-general, normative, and firmly situated in a well-established empirical literature. Two arguments for analyzing difficulty through a lens of executive processing are proposed. The account is applied to a host of philosophical debates that invoke difficulty. I show how the proposed account uniquely sheds light on theories of learning, skilled action, the nature of expertise, the nature of achievements, the nature of demandingness, and issues in moral responsibility.

17.00 Uhr – 18.15 Uhr
Gregor Hochstetter
(Universität Tübingen):
"Inhibition and Action Control"

The aim of my talk is to consider whether and how inhibition plays a constitutive role for agency and action control. My talk falls into three parts. First, I shall suggest that everyday agency partly consists in the capacity to automatically coordinate perceptual input and action output. Call this a stimulus-response capacity. Second, I shall show that inhibition is crucial for everyday agency. For this purpose I shall consider the case of an agent that merely possesses such an S-R capacity but no inhibitory control. As I shall show agents without inhibition lack the ability to detach themselves from their environment. This is supported by various pathologies such as utilization behavior. Third, I shall suggest that cognitive science provides some understanding of the structure and function of the capacity for inhibition that makes further degrees of action control and detachment from the environment possible.