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Varieties of Representation: Kazimierz Naturalist Workshop 2011

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – September 5-9th, 2011 

Invited key speakers

Paco Calvo  (Murcia)
Edouard Machery  (Pittsburgh)
Huw Price  (Sydney / Cambridge)

The notion of representation is essential for the project of naturalizing the mind and meaning. One of the key issues regarding representation concerns the possible varieties of representation: what are various ways of representing? Are mental representations propositional or image-based, connectionist, analog or digital? How can one answer these questions in the case of natural cognitive systems? What consequences does a pluralist attitude to representation have for claims that animals and even plants are capable of representing?

Call for Papers

300 word abstracts are invited no later than June 30. Accepted speakers will have 40 minutes for their presentations, including discussion time. Preference will be given to presentations directly connected to the work carried out by the key speakers. Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=knew11

Registration and accommodation

Applications will be accepted till June 30th, with late applications being accepted till July 31st. Early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75 Euro), while late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees are payable upon acceptance of application. They cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw. Accommodation is available at the hotel at which the workshop will take place and costs an additional 100 Euro (including breakfasts) for twin en suite rooms (limited single rooms available at higher price). Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

KNEW’11 is being organised by Marcin Milkowski (PAN, CPR) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (UMCS, CPR) with financial assistance from the Philosophy and Sociology Faculty of Marie Curie-Sklodowska University as well as the Centre for Philosophical Research.

Economics and Naturalism: Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 2010

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland– September 11th-15th, 2010

Invited key speakers

Ken Binmore (UCL)
Erik Angner (Alabama at Birmingham)
Christophe Heintz (CEU)

Until recently, economics has stood apart from the other social sciences due to its aprioristic methodology and assumptions. This has made it problematic for the project of philosophical naturalism. The situation has undergone rapid change, however, as empirical work come to impact fundamental economic theory. Instead of stipulating that economy be a mathematical theory of rationality, theorists are focusing on explanation and prediction of economic behaviour. Central to this has been a move away from idealised models of economic agents and toward empirically-based accounts of economic cognition. The workshop will discuss these changes and their impact upon how economics can be seen to fit into a naturalist account of reality, including how recent work in economics is beginning to suggest connections between it and work within the biological sciences.

Call for Papers

300 word abstracts are invited no later than June 15th (deadline extended). Accepted speakers will have 40 minutes for their presentations, including discussion time. Preference will be given to presentations directly connected to the work done by the key speakers. Submissions are to be made using EasyChair.

Registration and accommodation

Applications will be accepted till June 30th, with late applications being accepted till July 31st. Early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75Euro), while late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees are payable upon acceptance of application. They cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw. Accommodation is available at the hotel at which the workshop will take place and costs an additional 100 Euro (including breakfasts). Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

Prospective Key Speakers

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Tim Crane (Cambridge, UK)
Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy
Areas of research:

  •   Philosophy of mind
  •  Metaphysics
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Carl Craver (St. Louis, USA)
Associate Professor in Philosophy
Areas of research:

  • Philosophy and history of neuroscience and psychology
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics

  Image  Álvaro Moreno (UPV/EHU, Spain)
Associate professor at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
Areas of research:

  • Philosophy of biology and general philosophy of science
  • Self-organization and complex systems
  • Artificial life
  • Origin of cognition
  • Science studies
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Joelle Proust (Institute Jean Nicod, France)
Director of research
Areas of research:

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Intentionality
  • Animal cognition
  • Agency, personal identity and awareness

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Ricardo Sanz (UPM, Spain)
Professor in Systems Engineering and Automatic Control
Areas of research:

  • Mind Theory
  • Autonomous systems

Avant Symposium – A Laboratory of Spring

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We invite you to participate in the symposium A LABORATORY OF SPRING (September 27-28, 2014, Torun, Poland), devoted to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and to research on contemporary music and dance after The Rite.

Research Areas: Musicology; Choreography and Dance Studies; History of Contemporary Music; Philosophy of Music; Psychology of Music; Sociology of Music; Ethnomusicology, Cognitive Science of Music; others related.

Languages: Polish, English.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2014.

Filozofia muzyki – muzyka filozofii?

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festiwal naukiOśrodek Badań Filozoficznych i Festiwal Nauki serdecznie zapraszają na kolejne spotkanie Kawiarni Filozoficznej. Spotkanie odbędzie się w środę 18 grudnia o 17.00 w księgarni „Tarabuk. Naszym gościem będzie Jan Czarnecki, doktorant z Instytutu Filozofii UW, który wygłosi referat pod tytułem „Filozofia muzyki – muzyka filozofii?”.

Naturalising Religion: Kazimierz Naturalist Workshop 2012

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – July 2nd to 6th, 2012

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Invited key-speakers

Helen de Cruz (Oxford/Leuven)
Robert McCauley (Emory)
Jesper Sorensen (Aarhus)
John Wilkins (Melbourne)

Call for papers 

Recent scientific research treating religion as a natural, cognitive/cultural phenomenon that is the product of evolutionary processes has the potential to fundamentally alter how philosophers discuss religion. The aim of the workshop is to explore this potential by examining questions such as: What kinds of new philosophical questions regarding religion can now be meaningfully pursued? What is the significance, if any, of the current research for traditional issues in philosophy of religion? Is there scope for a new, naturalist philosophy of religion? Or is it simply that philosophy of religion has come to an end?

Abstracts

Abstracts of less than 500 words will be accepted till March 31st. 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 April 30th. 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 (July 2nd to 6th) in shared twin en suite rooms and includes breakfasts (limited single rooms available at higher price). 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.

Publications

Following the meeting, an effort will be made to publish selected papers from the workshop as either a special issue of an appropriate journal or as a separate volume of collected papers. In addition, participants are encouraged to consider a special issue of The Monist on naturalising religious beliefs, to be edited by James Beebe. That call for papers is not officially connected to the workshop but it is focussed on the same topic and closes soon after our meeting.

KNEW’12 is being organised by Marcin Milkowski (PAN, CPR) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (UMCS, CPR) with financial assistance from the Philosophy and Sociology Faculty of Marie Curie-Sklodowska University as well as the Centre for Philosophical Research. 

Preliminary programme

September11th
around 14:00 Minibus leaving Warsaw
around 17:00 Arrival at hotel
17:30-18:30 Dinner at hotel (for all participants)

September 12th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Ken Binmore – How Scientific is Behavioural Economics?
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Michał Siwek – Roman Frydman and Michael Goldberg’s Criticism ofBehavioral Economics: the Exchange Rate Models
Ramzi Mabsout – Why economics is not a mathematical science?
Davide Rizza – The Limits of Methodological Naturalism in Economics
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-15:40 Michał Tomasz Godziszewski and Mateusz Wywiał – How not tonaturalise economics: Milton Friedman’s case
Peter Boltuc – Thin Social Capital
15:40-16:10 Coffee
16:10-17:00 John Collier – How do we decide what game we are playing?

September 13th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Christophe Heinz – We’re all choice architect
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Karolina Safarzynska – Evolution, economic valuation and policy
Mariam Thalos – Precaution is a modulator
Majid Amini – Can Economics Be Naturalised? On the Status of the SocialSciences
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-16:00 Walking Tour of Kazimierz
18:00 Conference Dinner

September 14th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Eric Angner – Behavioral vs. Neoclassical Economics: A Weberian analysis
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Lukasz Jonak – Cognitive capitalism, an empirical approach
Lena Adamus – Games against nature as an example of natural rationality
Christine Clavien – The many ways experimental economists use the notion ofaltruism
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-15:40 Magdalena Malecka and Magdalena Reuter – Gerd Gigerenzer’secological rationality of heuristics and its implications for economics
Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – Expected utility is always used as a heuristic
15:40-16:10 Coffee
16:10-17:00 Karol Pogorzelski – How much can we expect from experimentaleconomics?

September 15th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:30 Closing discussion
11:00-12:00 Lunch (for all participants)
12:00 Leaving Kazimierz

KNEW 08 Preliminary programme

Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop Preliminary Schedule

September 6th

2:00pm Leaving Warsaw airport

5:00pm Arriving Kazimierz

5:30pm – Grill

September 7th

8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast

8:30am – 10:00am Peter Gärdenfors – Representing actions in conceptual spaces

10:00am – 10:30am Mark Alfino – Naturalizing wisdom

10:30am – 11:00am Coffee break

11:00am – 11:30am G. Randolph Mayes – Naturalizing cruelty

11:30 – 12:00 Christian Cocos – Natural kinds and axiomatic science

12:00 – 12:30 Nicholas Wiltsher – Kornblith on knowledge and natural kinds

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at the hotel

1:30 – 2:00 John Collier – System interpretable signs: Where mere information ends and meaning begins

2:30 – 3:00 Jonathan Knowles – Is naturalism a threat to metaphysics?

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break 3:30 – 5:00

Ingo Brigandt – Reductive naturalism and the use of intuitions: two lessons from biology

September 8th

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 Susan Haack – Belief in Naturalism

10:00 – 10:30 Szymon Nowak – Who is a thinker, and why do we know that?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30 Rui Silva – Explaining human action: On Susan Haack’s account of the relation between social and natural sciences

11:30 – 12:00 Piotr Leśniak – Three aspects of perceptual states

12:00 – 12:30 Lisa Warenski – Epistemic norms and objectivity: Toward a nonreductive and naturalistic account

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at the hotel

1:30 – 2:00 Marcin Miłkowski – Explicating ontological naturalism

2:00 – 2:30 Tadeusz Ciecierski & Katarzyna Kuś – Towards semantic naturalism

2:30 – 5:30 Exploring the town

September 9th

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 Susan Stuart – Kantian Naturalism

10:00 – 10:30 Piotr Bołtuć – Consciousness and Free Will in future AI and bio-AI

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30 Ryszard Wójcicki – Knowledge systems

11:30 – 12:00 Gergely Kertész – On the role of Lamarckian factors in knowledge processes

12:00 – 12:30 Kevin Delapp – What is ethical naturalism?

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at the hotel

1:30 – 2:00 Paweł Grabarczyk – Naturalized metaphysics

2:00 – 2:30 Timo Vuorio – Metaphor of ‘Two Spaces’ and Epistemological Naturalism

2:30 – 3:00 Karol Polcyn – The intuition of dualism

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break

3:30 – 5:00 David Papineau – The Poverty of Analysis

6:00 – Workshop dinner

September 10th

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 10:30 Closing panel discussion

11:00 – 12:00 Lunch at the hotel

12:00pm Leaving for Warsaw

Around 3:00pm Arriving at Warsaw airport

Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 09

NATURALISM AND THE MIND

KAZIMIERZ NATURALISM WORKSHOP 2009

September 4th – 8th 2009

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

 

Invited key speakers

Tim Crane (Cambridge, UK)

Carl Craver (St. Louis, USA)

Álvaro Moreno (UPV/EHU, Spain)

Joelle Proust (Institute Jean Nicod, France)

Ricardo Sanz (UPM, Spain)

 

Naturalism is currently the most vibrantly developing approach to philosophy, with naturalised methodologies being applied across all the philosophical disciplines. One of the areas naturalism has been focussing upon is the mind, traditionally viewed as a topic hard to reconcile with the naturalistic worldview. A number of questions have been pursued in this context. What is the place of the mind in the world? How  should study we the mind as a natural phenomenon? What is the significance of cognitive science research for philosophical debates? The workshop aims to further the development of a naturalistic view of the mind through focussed, friendly discussion undertaken in the relaxed atmosphere of a picturesque historical town.

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Avant 1/2013

The recent issue of Avant12013_en.JPGAvant is called STS meets CS.

The issue is devoted to the problems between science, technology and society studies and cognitive science.

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

Managing Editor: Aleksandra Derra.

 

Kawiarnia Filozoficzna – 68+57=? – Nowe formy filozoficznego sceptycyzmu

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Kawiarnia „Tarabuk”, ul. Browarna 6, Warszawa

 

Serdecznie zapraszamy na kolejne spotkanie Kawiarni Filozoficznej, której gościem będzię tym razem dr Bogdan Dziobkowski z Instytutu Filozofii UW.

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KNEW 2012 Presentations

We are making the presentations from Kazimierz Dolny Workshop on Naturalising Religion available below. 

 

Robert McCauley – Philosophical Naturalism and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – Preventing truth: How philosophy and psychology of religion fail

Jonathan Jong – Is the cognitive science of religion philosophically interesting?

Mikael Leidenhag – The relevance of emergence in the science-religion debate

Jesper Sorensen – The cognitive mechanisms of ritual: Ritualisation, goal-demotion and representations of ritual efficiency

John Wilkins – Naturalising religion: A phylogenetic approach

Matthew Schunke and Christopher Pearson – Explanation and the science of religion: A critique of key presuppositions

Martin Lang – Naturalising methods: possibilities of using neuroscience in the scientific study of religion

Łukasz Jędrzejczak – Components of mystical experience evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Can we try it at home?

Helen De Cruz – The tragedy of the theologian? Divine Attributes, theological incorrectness and inference richness

Andrew Atkinson – Naturalising Religion: Some Remarks

Adam Green – The mindreading debate and the cognitive science of religion

Maarten Boudry – In mysterious ways: On belief in supernatural causation and the truth value of religion

Karolina Prochownik – Modern philosophical approach to the origin of evil

John Collier – Can current information theory as applied to physics support a belief in God?