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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.

Thinking with hands, eyes and things

  PosterTrends2013Small.JPGWe invite you to participate in the conference “Thinking with hands, eyes and things” that will be held in Torun, from November 8 to November 10, 2013. The event is a part of the conference series TRENDS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

The conference is devoted to extra-neural aspects of cognition as well as controversies related to them.
It is a banal claim that both the body and the environment are involved in our experience of the world. The point, however, is that the whole body as well as its interactions with the environment play a crucial role in our mental processes. Cognition may involve integration with our tools, and we may even delegate some of our thinking to the environment. According to situated cognition and extended mind approaches, humans use elements of their environment as external components of cognitive processes or as means of reducing the complexity of the cognitive problems they face. The theory of affordances connects observers and environments in the act of cognition and cuts across the dichotomy of subjective-objective. Some researchers treat the immune system as a kind of cognitive system. Proponents of embodied cognitive science maintain that aspects of the body beyond the brain play a significant role in cognition. science, technology & society studies seem to support and complement this way of thinking. The claims made above are far from uncontroversial, however. Their critics assert that since research results in cognitive science do not lend sufficient warrant to the theses of embodied, distributed, extended or situated cognition, the non-neuronal body and elements of the environment play a peripheral role in cognitive processing.
Thinking with the body/environment – or thinking in the body/environment? Is the question appropriate or simply misleading in the second decade of the 21st century?

 

Regarding the Mind, Naturally

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We are happy to announce the publication ofRegarding the Mind, Naturally: Naturalist Approaches to the Sciences of the Mental, edited by K. Talmont-Kamiński and M. Miłkowski (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013). The book is a collection of papers written mostly by regular participants of KNEW, yearly philosophical workshops organized by the volume’s editors under the aegis of the CPR. The contributors include: Marcin Miłkowski (CPR), Samuli Pöyhönen, Mark Alfino, Alvaro Moreno, Paweł Grabarczyk (CPR), Markus I. Eronen, Panu Raatikainen, Witold M. Hensel (CPR), Jonathan Knowles, Tadeusz Ciecierski (CPR), Dimitris Platchias, Jaime Gomez Ramirez, Krystyna Bielecka (CPR) and María J. Frápolli.

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 we study the mind as a natural phenomenon? What is the significance of cognitive science research for philosophical debates? In this book, philosophical questions about the mind are asked in the context of recent developments in cognitive science, evolutionary theory, psychology, and the project of the naturalisation. Much of the focus is upon what we have learned by studying natural mental mechanisms as well as designing artificial ones. In the case of natural mental mechanisms, this includes consideration of such issues as the significance of deficits in these mechanisms for psychiatry. The significance of the evolutionary context for mental mechanisms as well as questions regarding rationality and wisdom are also explored. Mechanistic and functional models of the mind are used to throw new light on discussions regarding issues of explanation, reduction and the realisation of mental phenomena. Finally, naturalistic approaches are used to look anew at such traditional philosophical issues as the correspondence of mind to world and presuppositions of scientific research.

 

Chłodna25 kawiarnią filozofów

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W ramach XII Festiwalu Nauki — Warszawa 2008 przy pięciu stolikach klubokawiarni Chłodna25 26 września o 18:00 zasiądzie 5 młodych naukowców z dziedziny filozofii.

 
 
 

Każdy z nich będzie miał oznaczony zakres własnych kompetencji.Uczestnicy przedsięwzięcia będą mogli kolejno przysiadać się do wybranego stolika i zadawać pytania dotyczące zakresu.

Pytaniom i odpowiedziom mogą się przysłuchiwać stojący z boku inni uczestnicy.

 

O filozofii rozmawiać będą:

 

Marta Bucholc (filozofia społeczna)

 

Justyna Grudzińska (filozofia języka)

 

Joanna Sokołowska (filozofia ciała)

 

Tadeusz Ciecierski (język a myślenie)

 

Witold Hensel (epistemologia / filozofia nauki)

 ORGANIZATOR

 

Ośrodek Badań Filozoficznych