Fall Colloquium Series

As part of our Fall Colloquium Series, the Department of Philosophy is proud to welcome Santiago Amaya, Associate Professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia on Friday 23 October at 3:30 pm.

Abstract: Vigilance
(Based on a paper co-authored with Sam Murray, Duke University)

In this talk, I introduce and argue for the importance of vigilance. Vigilance is, to a first approximation, a capacity to know where one is with respect to the performance of a complex action, one whose exercises guide what one does by shaping up how attention and memory are allocated. Recognizing vigilance as part of our cognitive repertoire is central for developing a picture of our agency as extended in time. In particular, it is central for understanding how limited agents like us can exploit the temporal features of our agency to pursue a variety of goals.

In the first part of the talk, I introduce vigilance in two complementary ways: as a solution to a design problem (the problem of acting in time) and as an explanation of a variety of everyday performance mistakes. Then, we turn to a well-known experimental paradigm used by cognitive psychologists to study it. Looking at some of the results obtained there, as we shall see, allows us to understand how vigilance interacts with other psychological capacities. In the end, I conclude by discussing how vigilance, as understood here, is central for theorizing about our temporally extended agency.

Friday, October 23 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

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