Cognitive Science of Science: Kazimierz Naturalist Workshop 2014

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – August, 18th to 22nd, 2014


Invited key-speakers

Paul Thagard (Waterloo)

Cristine Legare (Texas at Austin)

Hugo Mercier (Neuchâtel)

Call for papers

Science is usually considered the paradigm of knowledge. Naturally, it has long been the subject of philosophical inquiry. Having moved away from abstract consideration of the epistemic conditions necessary for knowledge, naturalistic philosophical inquiry into science focuses more on the interplay of cognitive and cultural processes that generate scientific knowledge. Indeed, the sophisticated cognition that science involves requires the underpinning of rich social, cultural and material environments – as Nancy Nersessian observes. Science is studied therefore as both a social and cultural phenomenon, not just an individual psychological achievement. Owing to the complex nature of processes that underpin scientific knowledge production, their study has to be interdisciplinary – with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches being made use of – and integration of various perspectives remains an open problem.

During our workshop we will bring together relevant work from a number of these perspectives, including developmental cognitive psychology, evolutionary explanations of human behaviour, cognitive science, philosophy of science and history of science.


Abstracts of less than 500 words will be accepted till June, 15th. All submissions should be made through the easychair website. Abstracts will be evaluated on a first come basis so early submission is strongly encouraged in order to avoid missing out on available spots.

Registration and accommodation

Early registrations will be till July, 20th. The early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75 Euro), while the late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw airport.

Accommodation is available at the conference hotel. The cost is 100 Euro in total for four nights (August 18th to 22nd) in shared twin en suite rooms and includes breakfasts (limited single rooms available at a higher price). The single rooms cost 165 Euro in total. Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

Registration and accommodation fees might change in the event of significant movement in the exchange rate of the Polish currency.


Following the meeting, an effort will be made to publish selected papers from the workshop as an issue of Avant.

KNEW’14 is being organised by Łukasz Afeltowicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń), Marcin Milkowski (PAN, CPR) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (UFAM, CPR) with financial assistance from the Centre for Philosophical Research.

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The workshop is supported financially by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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