LACSI Conference on Higher-Order Cognition, September 22-23, 2017

The Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative (LACSI) Conference on Higher-Order Cognition will take place on NC State University’s North Campus in Withers Hall, Room 140 ( map).

Conference Travel Fellowship

Since 2015 we have provided a travel fellowship to enable either a Ph.D. candidate or a recent Ph.D. graduate from an under-represented group in philosophy to attend each LACSI Conference. The 2017 fellow is Jorge Morales, candidate for the Ph.D. in Philosophy at Columbia University.


The following program is subject to revision. All presentations are in Withers Hall, Room 140 (map).

Friday, September 22

Collection of folders and name-tags: Lobby outside Withers Hall, Room 140
Please wear name-tags at all sessions.

Questions in Development, Peter Carruthers, Philosophy, University of Maryland
Moderator: Dorit Bar-On, Philosophy, University of Connecticut

Primate Metacognition: Progress, Problems, and Prospects, Michael J. Beran, Psychology, Georgia State University
Moderator: José Luis Bermudez, Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Reception: Caldwell Hall Lounge (map)
(Dinner on your own)

Saturday, September 23

Ape Mindreading: Metacognition Without Belief Attribution, Kristin A. Andrews, Philosophy, York University, Toronto
Moderator: Brie Gertler, Philosophy, University of Virginia

Higher-Order Moral Cognition: Rationalization, Jerkitude, and the Perils of the Sweetheart, Eric Schwitzgebel, Philosophy, University of California Riverside
Moderator: Cameron Buckner, Philosophy, University of Houston

Lunch Break
(On your own)

The Function of Spontaneous Conscious Metacognitive States, such as the Tip-of-the-Tongue State, Janet Metcalfe, Psychology, Columbia University
Moderator: Joseph Levine, Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Knowledge and Belief Attribution, Jennifer Nagel, Philosophy, University of Toronto
Moderator: Steven Gross, Johns Hopkins University

(There will be no further conference events after the above session.)

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

Standard: $50
Full-Time Students: $25
The above fees include the conference reception.


Advance registration was required by September 8, 2017.

Accommodation, Food and Drink


There are two hotels within easy walking distance of NC State University’s North Campus: the Aloft Raleigh and the Doubletree Raleigh-Brownstone-University. Both of these hotels are offering special rates for conference participants who make reservations well in advance of the conference. Because the conference is scheduled for a busy time, it is strongly recommended that you make reservations by the end of July. The special rates and the codes you should use to secure them are as follows:

  • Aloft: from $144 plus tax, 513261
  • Doubletree: from $129 plus tax, LAC (Group Code) – or click here

Food and Drink

There is a selection of eating and drinking establishments along and close to Hillsborough Street opposite NC State University's North Campus.


This conference has been organized by the NC State University Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Steering Committee with assistance from other philosophy faculty at NC State.
The Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Steering Committee: John W. Carroll, Catherine M. Driscoll, Ronald P. Endicott, Shay Logan, Michael Pendlebury (Chair), Kevin Richardson