The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


2013 Joint Session

the inaugural address

Friday, 12 July 2013


I present a view of activity, taking it that an agent is engaged in activity so long as an action of hers is occurring. I suggest that this view (a) helps in understanding what goes wrong in an argument in Thompson (2008) known sometimes as ‘the initial segment argument’, and (b) enables us to see that there can be an intelligible conception of what is basic when agents’ knowledge is allowed into an account of that.


Jennifer Hornsby has been Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London since 1995, and has been Co-Director of the Rational Agency section of the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature since its inception in 2007. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College where she was a Tutorial Fellow from 1978 until 1994. She is a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She has published work in philosophy of mind and action, philosophy of language, and on questions about free speech as they relate, among other things, to pornography.

Jennifer Hornsby was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1996 to 1997.

further info

87th joint session
the aristotelian society & the mind association

12 to 14 july 2013

sociology and philosophy

university of exeter

amory building

rennes drive

exeter ex4 4rj

united kingdom

The local organiser is Dr. Christine Hauskeller

Further information such as registration and accommodation for the 2013 Joint Session will be available early next year

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2012 joint session:

6 - 8 july 2012

2011 joint session:

8 - 10 july 2011

2010 joint session:

9 - 11 july 2010

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