Mental Capacities (JeSyP 2018) – Workshop

The topic of the first Jena Summer Symposium in Philosophy (JeSyP 2018) is “Mental Capacites”. This year’s distinguished guest is Professor Michael Kremer (University of Chicago).  In the two-day workshop from July 18th to 19th, we aim to address topics and questions which include, but are not exhausted by, the following:

Can capacities indeed account for the nature of the mind? What is the nature of capacities in general? How do capacities relate to phenomena like abilities, skills, competences, know-how, virtues, dispositions, habits or reflexes? What makes for a distinctively mental capacity? How are mental capacities related to epistemic capacites, linguistic capacities, social capacities or capacities to decide or to do otherwise? How can the metaphysics of mental capacities shed light on ethical questions such as those concerning ableism (i.e. discrimination against mentally “disabled”, different or “neurodivergent” people)?

Call for Abstracts

We invite submissions of long abstracts (500-1,000 words) of papers suitable for presentation in 30-35 minutes. Abstracts must be in PDF-format and properly anonymized to allow for blind review. Please send these abstracts to until April 18th (extended deadline), stating all required information for registration (see below) only in the e-mail body. Acceptance of abstracts will be announced at the end of April.

For successful speakers without sufficient funding for travel and accomodation, we are able to offer a limited number of travel stipends. If you would like to apply for such a travel stipend, please include a separate PDF-file in your submission e-mail with an overview of all estimtated costs.

Call for Registration

Participation in the workshop is free and open to all, but since places are limited, all are required to register via e-mail to, stating their full name and affiliation, whether they plan to participate in the pre-read discussion after the symposium, and any further needs with respect to childcare or accessibility.