Timetable:

10.00 – 10.30: Coffee

10.30 – 11.45: Chris Bennett (Philosophy, Sheffield) « Expressive actions »

11.45 – 13.00: Agneta Fischer (Psychology, Amsterdam), « What do we express when we express an emotion? »

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 15.45: Catharine Abell (Philosophy, Manchester), « Expression in the representational arts »

Abstract: Representational artworks can express emotions and other mental states. The problem of expression by artworks arises because such works do not themselves have mental states. I develop an account of the relation a representational work must bear to a mental state in order to express it. Previous philosophical discussion of expression in art focuses almost exclusively on the problem of expression in abstract music. I argue that accounts of expression in abstract musical works cannot explain expression in the representational arts, and that recent accounts of expression in the representational arts fail. It develops an account of expression in the representational arts, according to which what a representational work expresses depends on the expressive illocutionary acts its maker performs in producing it. It discusses the implications of this view for the relation between what a work expresses and its maker’s intentions, and for expression by works of fiction.

15.45 – 16.00: Coffee

16.00 – 17.15: Giovanna Colombetti (Sociology & Philosophy, Exeter), « Expression as a road to extending emotion? »

Abstract: In the philosophy of cognitive science, a recent debate concerns whether cognition can be said to extend beyond the brain and even the body of the agent, to include artefacts that we regularly employ to perform intelligently. This is known as the “extended mind » thesis. So far this thesis has not been discussed in relation to emotion and affectivity more broadly, and in this talk I shall start considering some of the issues that emerge once one does so. In particular I will consider whether expressive phenomena can provide us with a road to extending emotion.