The Center for Consciousness Science is sponsoring the Conscious Persons Symposium to be held at Oakland University, July 20-21, 2023.

  • Location: Oakland University Human Health Building (HHB) Room 5045, 433 Meadow Brook Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
  • Registration: Free and open to the public.
  • For more information or to register, email Eric LaRock, Ph.D., at

The meeting is organized around the following foundational topics and target questions:


  1. Neural correlates of unconsciousness, consciousness, and persons
  2. Neuroscientific theories and philosophy of mind
  3. AI and fundamental theories of consciousness

Target questions:

  1. What are the neural correlates of unconsciousness, consciousness, and persons?
  2. To what extent does philosophy help neuroscience?
  3. How exactly do philosophical theories contribute to scientific theories of consciousness?
  4. How broad is consciousness in the material world?
  5. If consciousness is not in all things, then what conditions must be satisfied for its emergence?

Confirmed Speakers:

The plenary speakers of the meeting are:

  • Rocco J. Gennaro, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Indiana. He is widely known for his work in philosophy of mind, consciousness, metaphysics, and neuroethics.
  • Timothy O’Connor, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. O’Connor is a renowned expert in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, as well as metaphysics and philosophy of religion.

Additional speakers include:

  • Mostyn Jones (University of Manchester, UK and Washington and Jefferson College, retired)
  • Kevin Corcoran (Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Matthew Owen (Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA)
  • Mihretu Guta (Addis Ababa University & Biola University, La Miranda, CA)
  • Uncheol Lee (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Anthony Hudetz (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Eric LaRock (Oakland University, Rochester, MI)

The meeting is organized by Eric LaRock, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oakland University, Affiliate Faculty Member of the Center for Consciousness Science.