Category Archives: Naturalizm w Kazimierzu

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


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

  •   Philosophy of mind
  •  Metaphysics

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

Joelle Proust (Institute Jean Nicod, France)
Director of research
Areas of research:

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


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

  • Mind Theory
  • Autonomous systems

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 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.


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

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



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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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?


dotpay_b5_145x263_engHere are the links you can use to pay the workshop fee (and accommodation cost, if required). 

Standard workshop fee only, no accommodation (690 PLN)

Standard workshop fee, including accommodation in a shared double room (1150 PLN)

Standard workshop fee, including accommodation in a single room (1350 PLN)  

Reduced workshop fee, no accommodation (345 PLN)

Reduced workshop fee, including accommodation (805 PLN)

Note for Polish participants: please pay via bank transfer using our bank account:

Ośrodek Badań Filozoficznych 
Stawki 3 lok. 20
Polska / Poland

29 2130 0004 2001 0430 4713 0001, Volkswagen Bank 

Here are the formal regulations  (if you need to cancel your talk etc.). Because of the Polish law, they are in Polish. Basically, you can get your money back if the cancellation occurs earlier than 14 days to the conference dates. From 13 until 7 days you get 50% refund; in the case of later cancellations no money will be reimbursed.


Practical information

Kazimierz Dolny is close to the river, so from time to time there is a problem with mosquitos. Bring a repellent just in case.

The hotel has a WiFi network, and there are two ATMs in the town centre. You will need not more than 300 PLN for dinners (including the conference dinner), beer, snacks, and souvenirs during the duration of the workshop. It’s hardly possible to spend more.

The conference dinner is organized in one of the restaurants in the centre of the town. The dinner cost is not included in the fee; we only book a table.


Provisional KNEW 2011 Schedule

September 5th
around 14:00 Minibus leaving Warsaw
around 17:00 Arrival at hotel
17:30-18:30 Dinner at hotel (for all participants)

September 6th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
9:00-10:30 Paco Calvo – Systematic behavior and  the varieties of (representational) vehicles
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:30-13:30  John Collier – A Dynamical Peircean approach to naturalizing representation
Wayne Christensen and John Michael – The representational demands of mind reading
Andrzej Kapusta – Representation and engaged epistemology
13:30-14:30 Lunch (for all participants)
14:30-15:50 Wendy Wilutzky – The bodily representation of emotions
Paweł Gładziejewski – On the relation between folk psychological and scientific concepts of mental representation
15:50-16:20 Coffee
16:20-17:00 Christopher Martin – A process-oriented definition of teamwork with consequences for team cognition and performance

September 7th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
9:00-10:30 Huw Price – Representationalism: My journey from nihilism to dualism
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:30-13:30 Jonathan Knowles – Anti-representationalism and perception
Timo Vuorio – On the very problem of representation
Robert Clowes – Virtualist representation and the heterogeneous vehicles of thought
13:30-14:30 Lunch (for all participants)
14:30-16:30 Walking Tour of Kazimierz
18:00 Conference Dinner

September 8th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
9:00-10:30 Edouard Machery
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:30-13:30 Fredrik Stjernberg – Kinds of representations, kinds of cognition
Piotr Wilkin – Do representations need to represent?
Krystyna Bielecka – Social coordination as an important component of mental representation
13:30-14:30 Lunch (for all participants)
14:30-15:50 Marcin Miłkowski – The role of representation in computational explanations
Katarzyna Kuś and Joanna Komorowska-Mach – Iconic format of core cognition representations
15:50-16:20 Coffee
16:20-17:40 Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – Reference and religious representations

September 9th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
9:00-11:00 Closing discussion
11:30 Leaving Kazimierz


Preliminary programme

September 4th

2:00 Leaving Warsaw airport

about 5:00 Arriving in Kazimierz

5:30-6:30 Dinner


September 5th

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-9:50 Ricardo Sanz – The nature of knowledge from an autonomous systems perspective

9:50-10:30 Majid Davoody – NAI: Can AI get naturalized?

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-1:00 Piotr Bołtuć – The engineering thesis in machine consciousness

Paweł Grabarczyk – Do animals see any objects?

Samuli Pöyhönen – Carving the psyche by its joints: natural kinds and the social construction in psychiatry

1:00-2:00 Lunch


Tadeusz Ciecierski – Qualia as properties

Jonathan Knowles – Naturalism and the mind-world relation

3:20-3:50 Coffee

3:50-5:10 Alvaro Moreno – A biological perspective of the nature of cognition. Some remarks for a naturalistic program

5:10-6:10 Dinner (in town)


September 6th

8:00-8:30 Breakfast


Rodrigo González – Conceivable experiences, naturalism and the explanatory gap

Dimitris Platchias – A HOT solution to the problem of the explanatory gap

Joanna Klimczyk – What is wrong with the buck-passing account of value? On some problems with the naturalistic approach to value

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


Argyris Arnellos – Naturalising Autonomy – On the neurobiological grounding of emotions

Colin Cheyne – Emotion, Fiction and Naturalism

John Collier – Rationality and Motivation

Juraj Hvorecky – Normativity, emotion and evolution

1:40-2:40 Lunch


Marcin Miłkowski – Sciences of re-engineering

Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – Evolution, generative entrenchment and the bounds of rationality

3:50-4:20 Coffee Break

4:20-5:40 Tim Crane – Mental substances and their powers

5:40-6:0 Dinner (in town)


September 7th

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-9:50 Carl Craver – Memory and Moral Agency: A Case Study in Clinical Moral Psychology

9:50-10:30 Thomas Polger – Realisation & mechanism

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break


Benoît Dubreuil – The evolution of the mind: from mental phenomena to (increasingly) plausible mechanisms

Krystyna Bielecka – How truth can be a relational property: Deflationary concept of truth as a relation

Sinem Elkatip – Undermining the distinction between experiences and subjects of experiences

1:40-2:40 Lunch

2:40-4:40 Guided tour of Kazimierz

6:00- Conference Dinner (in town)


September 8th

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:30 Closing presentation & discussion

11:00-12:00 Lunch

12:00 Leaving for Warsaw

3:00 Arriving Warsaw airport

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Getting there

Kazimierz Dolny lies on the Vistula, about a hundred and twenty kilometres south east of Warsaw, the closest international airport and railway hub. A minibus will be organised to take workshop participants from Warsaw to Kazimierz and back at the start and end of the workshop. If arriving on a different date, it will be necessary to make your own way down to Kazimierz.

Apart from the minibus, the easiest way to reach Kazimierz from Warsaw is by train to Pulawy and then either by taxi or by bus to Kazimierz. The trains to Pulawy run from the Warsaw Central station every two and a half hours or so (if arriving at the airport, the best way to reach the central station is by bus 175 or the rail link – the ticket is 3.40 PLN). It is best to use the on-line rail route planner (leaving ‘Warszawa Centralna’ arriving ‘Pulawy Miasto’) to find out the exact times the trains run. The cost of the rail ticket is under 30 PLN in second class and under 45 PLN in first class.

The most convenient connection between the Central (or Zachodnia) train station from the Warsaw airport is the rail link. To plan your journey from the airport to Puławy using the online rail route planner, enter "Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina" as the beginning of the journey.

In Pulawy there is a taxi stand just outside the station. The trip to Kazimierz is only 14 km (about 35 PLN).

Another way to get to Kazimierz Dolny is by a direct minibus. Most minibuses start from a stop "Plac Defilad", which is opposite the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw — a short walk from the main train station (Warszawa Centralna or Śródmieście, if you’re using the airport train link). You can find the online bus planner here. The drive takes around 3 hours, and buses usually sell tickets directly (one has to pay in cash, the price is around 30 PLN).

An important tip: Do not, by mistake, go to the ‘other’ Kazimierz, which is a suburb of Kraków.