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5th Avant Workshop – CALL FOR PAPERS

The 5th Avant Workshop was held on October 12, 2018,
in Warsaw (Poland), at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PAS (at the Staszic Palace).

Invited Speaker:
prof. Sofia Miguens (the Department of Philosophy of the University of Porto),
the Principal Investigator of MLAG (Mind, Language and Action Group)
More about the Invited Speaker and MLAG
The title of the Speaker’s lecture: “Is seeing judging? Radical contextualism and the problem of perception”. Abstract

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PASInstitute of Philosophy WFCh UKSW; Avant Project (Centre for Philosophical Research).


We encourage all participants of the workshop to consider problems concerning both contemporary philosophy and cognitive sciences, such as representation, perception, consciousness, action and agency, to name a few. We are interested in historical questions of how different philosophical accounts influenced or inspired contemporary studies of cognition, as well as what kind of problems in modern philosophy—if any—were wrongly omitted and need to be reconsidered. Since it is a common fact that cognitive sciences, including ‘embodied’, ‘situated’, ‘extended’ or ‘enactive’ approaches to cognition, are inspired by some philosophical works (analytical, phenomenological or hermeneutical), we would also like to ask how philosophy can shed light on the problems addressed by cognitive sciences, like those related to perception and representation.

Warsaw, Nowy Świat 72 (Staszic Palace), room 154

Organizing Committee:
Marcin Miłkowski (chair; IPhS PAS), Witold Wachowski (UW, IPhS PAS),
Krystyna Bielecka (UW), Michał Piekarski (IF UKSW), Marcin Trybulec (UMCS),
Przemysław Nowakowski (IPhS PAS).

Abstract submission October 1
Notification of acceptance October 3
Booking the accommodation with organizers’ help October 7

Download the registration form. 
The registration form should be sent by email to biuro @

The issue of the journal Avant

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“Inspirations: 20th-century Philosophy and Contemporary Studies on Cognition”


The picture is derivative of “2001 ‘Close Company, no. 6.349” by Fons Heijnsbroek, some rights reserved.

Understanding Social Cognition: 3rd Avant Conference 2017 CFP

Understanding Social Cognition (Lublin, 20-22 October 2017)

Within the social sciences, it is widely accepted that groups of people exhibit social properties and dynamics that emerge from, but cannot be reductively identified with the actions and properties of individual members. Nevertheless, psychology and cognitive science have only reluctantly embraced the idea that something similar might happen in the domain of mind and cognition.

Contemporary research on the distinctively social aspects of human cognition, which has become abundant over the past two decades, tends to fall somewhere along the following continuum. On the “conservative” side, the minds of individuals are currently being reconceived as socially situated, culturally scaffolded, and deeply transformed by our life-long immersion and participation in group contexts. According to more “liberal” multi-level approaches, the informational integration of functionally interdependent and socially distributed individual cognitive processes can enable the rise to emergent group-level cognitive phenomena. We invite participants to explore the full spectrum of social cognition, ranging from the elementary social-cognitive skills that allow people to think and act together, through embodied behavioral coupling and joint intentionality, mechanisms of mind reading and mutual understanding, all the way to group cognition.


Keynote speakers and special guests:

Daniel Dennett (Tufts University, USA, book promotion)
Morana Alač (University of California San Diego, USA)
Him Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Stephen Cowley (University of Southern Denmark)
Arkadiusz Gut (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Robert Rupert (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
Judith Simon (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Deborah Tollefsen (University of Memphis, USA)
Robert Wilson (University of Alberta, Canada)

Abstracts will be accepted until July 31, 2017. For more information and registration details refer to the conference website.

Situating Cognition: Agency, Affect, and Extension

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The focus of this conference is on cognition in the context of agency, affect, and its extensions. The event includes lectures, symposia, workshops, discussions, and posters covering a broad range of topics related to the theme of the second edition of Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Discussions regarding the limits and the nature of that what we call cognition have been going on for a long time. These discussions include, among others, debates over the role of the body, the bounds of the mind, the contribution of the environment (from the physical and biological level to the social and cultural level), the collective nature of cognition and minds, including linguistic coordination, but also the role of affects and our agency in cognitive processes. In these contexts, there also appears the problem of relations between cognitive science and action science, psychology of emotions, linguistics, and social sciences, as well as philosophy, especially epistemology.

During our conference, we would like to tackle the following issues:
(a) main theoretical challenges regarding the concept of embodied cognition;
(b) bodily representations: whether and in what way they exist, and how they can be studied;
(c) the possibilities of researching the products of our agency as evidence of human cognitive abilities;
(d) the role of affective processes in cognition, or even conceptualizing these processes as cognitive ones;
(e) the connections between action and perception;
(f) cognitive research on language and gesture;
(g) framing cognitive systems as social systems; the issue of the existence of group / collective minds;
(h) the role of broadly understood environment and artifacts in cognitive processes;
(i) as well as the most basic questions regarding the nature of cognition, and the role of the categories of cognition and behavior in cognitive explanations.

Forms of participation in the conference:
1) lecture
2) paper related to one of the conference symposia
3) poster
4) participation in workshops and discussions

The conference symposia will be focused on the selected topics related to that of the main theme.

The following symposia are planned:
* Perception-action coupling
* Troubles with embodied cognition theories
* Situatedness and models of mechanisms
* Affected cognition
* Social cognition

Key speakers

Kenneth Aizawa (Rutgers University)
Mark H. Bickhard (Lehigh University)
Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter)
Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Frederique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod)
Andrew Wilson & Sabrina Golonka (Leeds Beckett University)
and others

Important dates

Abstract submission: August, 15th, 2015
Acceptance notification: August, 18th, 2015
Conference: October 15-18th, 2015, Warsaw, Poland

For more information, see the event website.

Avant 2 / 2014

Okładka Do częściej stawianych pytań we współczesnej kognitywistyce należy pytanie o to, czym jest ucieleśnienie poznania. Próby odpowiedzi kierują uwagę na wiele czynników, w tym na cielesne działania, które również ucieleśniają poznanie. W tym kontekście do rozważań nad ucieleśnieniem włącza się enaktywizm. Niektórzy porównują poznanie do uścisku ręki i tańca. Enaktywizm utożsamia poznanie z działaniem, koncentrując się na samym jego wykonywaniu.
Na niniejszy tom składa się przede wszystkim 10 artykułów stanowiących 10 różnych spojrzeń na enaktywizm: ujęć krytyków (K. Aizawa, P. Steiner, F. Cummins, K. Bielecka), zwolenników (S. Gallagher i M. Brower, R. Ellis, Q. Li i I. Winchester), jak również rzeczników podejścia umiarkowanego (D. Reid, R. Briscoe, J.L. Petit). Istotne uzupełnienie stanowią dwa wywiady – z S. Gallagherem oraz z R. Rupertem – oraz recenzje książek sporządzone przez P. Grosse i Ch. Draina, kierujące uwagę w stronę szerzej ujmowanej problematyki usytuowania procesów poznawczych.

„Enactivism: Arguments & Applications”. AVANT, Volume V, Issue 2/2014. ISSN: 2082-6710. Editors of the Issue: Tomasz Komendziński, Przemysław Nowakowski, Witold Wachowski.

Avant 1/2014

Avant12014.jpg Trzon najnowszego „Avantu” (pod red. P. Nowakowskiego i W. Wachowskiego) stanowią przekłady czterech prac z zakresu kognitywistyki – dotyczą one: teorii poznania ucieleśnionego (A.D. Wilson i S. Golonka), enaktywizmu (F. de Vignemont), teorii poznania rozproszonego (D. Kirsh) i zastosowań Gibsonowskiej teorii afordancji w projektowaniu robotów (T.E. Horton, A. Chakraborty i R. St. Amant). W numerze znajdziemy również artykuł M. Dombrowskiego poświęcony Witkacowskiej metafizyce cielesności, analizę instalacji Wielka szyba Duchampa (artykuł M. Włudzik) oraz komentarz Ł. Jędrzejczaka do eseju T. Metzingera na temat relacji między duchowością, religią i uczciwością intelektualną. Ponadto – recenzje dwóch książek: Radicalizing Enactivism Daniela Hutto i Erika Myina oraz Mindvaults Radu Bogdana.

Avant 3/2013

AvantALoSpring.jpg W setną rocznicę prapremiery Święta wiosny Igora Strawińskiego Witold Wachowski, Monika Włudzik i Przemysław Nowakowski przygotowali numer specjalny „Avantu” zatytułowany „A Laboratory of Spring”.

Fenomen Święta wiosny jest tu analizowany z punktu widzenia najrozmaitszych dziedzin badawczych: muzykologii, historii, socjologii, etnografii, psychologii i kognitywistyki muzyki.

Avant 1/2013

Najnowszy nuAvant12013_en.JPGmer czasopisma „Avant”, który się właśnie ukazał, nosi tytuł „STS spotyka CS”.

Jest on poświęcony problematyce powstającej na styku studiów nad nauką, technologią i społeczeństwem (STS – Science, Technology and Society) i badań kognitywistycznych (CS – Cognitive Science).

Redaktorzy tomu: Łukasz Afeltowicz, Morana Alač, Aleksandra Derra, Przemysław Nowakowski, Witold Wachowski.

Redaktor prowadząca: Aleksandra Derra.