Conf: Computing and Philosophy

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From: Mariarosaria Taddeo <mariarosariataddeo@gmail.com>
Subject: IACAP 2016 at University of Ferrara, Italy – 1st Call for papers

 

International Association for Computing and Philosophy – Annual Meeting

June 14-17, 2016 University of Ferrara, Italy

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) [http://www.iacap.org/] is delighted to announce that submissions are now being accepted for its 2016 annual meeting [http://www.iacap.org/iacap-2016], to be held on June 14-17 at the University of Ferrara, Italy [http://www.unife.it/international] [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrara]. The meeting will be hosted by Professor Marcello D’Agostino [http://docente.unife.it/dgm] and Professor Marcello D’Alfonso [http://docente.unife.it/dlfmtv/].
IACAP has a long-lasting tradition of promoting philosophical dialogue and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of the computational and informational turn. This puts it in a privileged position, as IACAP’s members have contributed shaping the philosophical and ethical debate about computing, information technologies, and artificial intelligence. The 2016 annual meeting will keep this tradition and will gather philosophers, ethicists, roboticists, and computer scientists interested in the following topics:

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Life
Automated Warfare
Cognitive Science, Computation & Cognition
Computational Modeling in Science and Social Science
Computer-Mediated Communication
Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information
History of Computing
Information Culture and Society
Metaphysics of Computing
Philosophy of Information
Philosophy of Information Technology
Robotics
Virtual Reality

… and related issues
The meeting will have a main track focusing on topics at the core of IACAP members’ interests. Symposia will also be organized and run by members, or groups of members, to focus on more specific topics.
We invite submissions of papers (between 3000 and 6000 words) as well as submissions of proposals for symposia. A selection of the papers presented during the meeting will be included (after peer review) in a volume planned for the ‘Philosophical Library Studies’ (Springer).
Important dates
Papers
Submission: January 11, 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2016
Submissions should be sent using the following link:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacap2016

Symposia
Submission: January 11, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 2 February 2016
Submissions should be sent using the following link:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacap2016

Proposal for symposia should indicate:

the title of the proposed symposium;
a description of the topic and of its relevance for the IACAP membership;
a list the participants (indicating those who have confirmed their participation);
the number of hours required.

 

Conf: Ernst Mach

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From: Martin Kusch <martin.kusch@univie.ac.at>
Subject: ERNST MACH CENTENARY CONFERENCE 2016

 

ERNST MACH CENTENARY CONFERENCE 2016
Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence
International Conference on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the
Institute Vienna Circle (www.univie.ac.at/ivc)

Location: University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences
Date: June 16-18, 2016

1st Call for Papers

We invite the submission of contributed papers and proposals for symposia
for the international “Ernst Mach Centenary Conference”. Contributions
related to one ore more of the subsequent sections are welcome.
Conference languages: English, German, French.
The Program Committee encourages especially submissions from women and
junior scholars from all fields and countries. Limited financial support
for travel and a reduced registration fee for graduate students will be
provided. Related questions can be directed to the local organizer
Friedrich Stadler: Friedrich.Stadler@univie.ac.at

Proposal for individual papers (Word or pdf format) should contain:
- Title and abstract (1000 characters) and extended abstract (1000
words)
of the paper. In the case of papers dealing with related topics we welcome
the submission of proposals for symposia. All titles and abstracts for
individual papers in the symposium should be included in the submission.
(Each symposium will be allotted 120 minutes).
- Address of the speaker(s) incl. email, phone and institutional
affiliation
Submission to: ivc@univie.ac.at, subject: “Mach Centenary Conference 2016”
Please prepare your submission for blind review.

The time unit for one paper is 40 minutes (max. 30 minutes speaking time).
A selection of contributed papers and symposia will appear as a volume
with Springer Publisher.

Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2016
Date of notifications: March 15, 2016

Registration required (fees to be announced in time):
Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016
Online registration deadline: June 15, 2016
Conference website: tba

Main Organizers:
- University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Faculty of Philosophy and
Education, together with other Faculties to be announced.
- Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Together with:
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Deutsches Museum (German Museum), Munich
Masaryk University, Brno / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Program Committee: Members of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Vienna
Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer) and Editors of the Ernst Mach
Studienausgabe / Ernst Mach Edition

http://xenomoi.de/philosophie/mach-ernst/216/ernst-mach-studienausgabe

Sections:
1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann,
Einstein …
3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of
Evolution
4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical
Epistemology)
7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L.
Wittgenstein, K. Popper …
9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick
(1882-1936).
10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
12. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and
Austro-Marxism)
13. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R.
Musil etc.)
14. Open Section: Topics not covered above

- Special Symposium: E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science.
On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)

 

Conf: North Carolina Philosophical Society

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From: Brophy, Matthew <mbrophy@highpoint.edu>
Subject: Call for Papers – North Carolina Philosophical Society – 2016 Conference

 
NORTH CAROLINA
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Biennial Joint Meeting with the South Carolina Society for Philosophy
February 26 & 27, 2016
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker: L. A. Paul
Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill
Professorial Fellow in the Arché Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews
CALL FOR PAPERS

Submitted Papers
Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Due to the volume of submissions, submitted papers must be no longer than 3000 words. The deadline to receive papers is New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in mid-late January.
All submissions should be formatted for blind review and sent to Matthew Brophy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and NCPS Secretary-Treasurer, at mbrophy@highpoint.edu<mailto:mbrophy@highpoint.edu>
In the body of your email, please indicate your name, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation (if any). If you wish your paper to be considered for a prize (see below), please note whether you are an untenured faculty member, graduate student, or undergraduate.

Location
All sessions will be on the campus of Appalachian State University. For those traveling by plane to the conference, Boone is located approximately two hours from the major international airports in Charlotte, NC (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport) and in Greensboro/High Point, NC (Piedmont Triad International Airport), and regional airport in Johnson City, TN (Tri-Cities Regional Airport.)

Panels and Workshops
Panel and workshop proposals on any topic in philosophy, including its pedagogy, are welcome. Proposals should specify issues to be discussed, format (including time to be allotted), and names of presenters, and should include brief abstracts of presentations.

Undergraduate Papers
A sufficient number of undergraduate submissions will allow for a session devoted to papers by undergraduates. Undergraduate submissions should be clearly labeled as such.

Prizes
There will be a $200 prize for the best paper submitted by an untenured faculty member, a $150 prize for the best graduate student paper, and a $125 prize for the best undergraduate paper. Awarding of prizes is contingent on an adequate number of submissions.

Web site
Periodic updates about the conference, and information about the North Carolina Philosophical Society, can be found at http://www.northcarolinaphilosophicalsociety.org/. Information about the South Carolina Society for Philosophy can be found at http://www.southcarolinaphilosophy.org/

 

Conf: Metaphysics

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From: Rome Metaphysics <romemetaphysics@gmail.com>
Subject: Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics, Nov. 12-14, 2015

 

The Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics will be held this year in Salamanca, Spain, November 12-14. After five previous events held every three years in Rome since 2000, we are being hosted on this occasion by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, which has joined forces with the Idente Foundation for Study and Research in Italy and the Fernando Rielo Foundation in Spain, for the organization of the Conference. The Fernando Rielo Chair has also been created at the Pontifical University.
This singular forum has brought together hundreds of people from all over the world and from many different academic and professional backgrounds in pursuit of a clearer vision of how our conceptions of ultimate reality shape and interact with the varied spheres of human thought and creativity. The exchanges which have taken place have helped us to open our understanding not only to the absolute horizon of life, but to the interconnectedness of our endeavors, ranging from epistemology to medicine.
A key concern this year is the vocation of metaphysical and humanistic thought in general to shed light on and provide responses to the concrete personal, religious, and cultural needs of human beings.
2015 is the Jubilee Year of St. Theresa of Avila, and the mystical dimension of thought and experience, which has always received attention at previous Conferences, should prove even more significant now. A concluding event in Avila, with the collaboration of the local university, has also been introduced into Metaphysics 2015.
As in previous years, the Conference is envisioned as multidisciplinary, open to all the major fields of human reflection and activity. For the sake of simplicity, this openness has been summarized under five headings:
a) metaphysics and the mystical dimension;
b) metaphysics and knowledge;
c) metaphysics and aesthetics (art, literature, music);
d) metaphysics and experiential sciences (including medicine, psychotherapy, law, economics, political science);
e) metaphysics and experimental and formal sciences.
The two official languages of the Conference this year are English and Spanish.
Please visit the Conference website for detailed information and instructions on registration, the submission of topics and abstracts, and travel to Salamanca:
www.romemetaphysics.org
Feel free to write us at any time with questions relating to any aspect of the Conference, be it content, practical organization, or proposals for papers and discussion, and we shall reply as promptly as possible:
info@romemetaphysics.org
David G. Murray

Director
Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics
Salamanca, Spain — November 12-14, 2015
dgmurray@gmail.com

www.romemetaphysics.org
info@romemetaphysics.org
Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca

Via dei Giubbonari, 64

00184 Roma (RM)

Italia

Tel/Fax: +39 06 68139624
Email: fiser@idente.net

 

Conf: Medieval Studies

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From: Alexander Hall <AlexanderHall@clayton.edu>
Subject: CFP Medieval Logic and Metaphysics

 

Call for papers

Venue: 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
Dates: May 12-15, 2016
Sponsor: Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics http://faculty.fordham.edu/klima/SMLM.htm
Contact: Submit proposals to Alex Hall at alexanderhall@clayton.edu by September 15, 2015

The Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics invites abstracts for presentations at our sponsored session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Sessions run 90 minutes, with three 20 minute talks. Pending the approval of our publisher, papers from this and other 2016 Society sponsored sessions will make up vol. 15 of our proceedings, planned for release in the 2017-2018 academic year: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/proceedings-of-the-society-for-medieval-logic-and-metaphysics-4.

Session
Hylomorphism and Mereology
Mereology is the metaphysical theory of parts and wholes, including their conditions of identity and persistence through change. Hylomorphism is the Aristotelian metaphysical doctrine according to which all natural substances, including living organisms, consist of matter and form as their essential parts, where the substantial form of living organisms is identified as their soul. Consequently, medieval philosophers’ discussions of these topics cover a broad philosophical terrain, taking in the problem of material constitution, biological organization and the principle of life, human nature, and even the fate of the soul after death. Specifically, medieval thought on these issues is of broader interest to contemporary philosophers, given that medieval theories are now offered as viable alternatives to various modern understandings of the related problems.

Conf: Metaphysics

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From: Rome Metaphysics <romemetaphysics@gmail.com>
Subject: Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics, Nov. 12-14, 2015

 
The Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics will be held this year in Salamanca, Spain, November 12-14. After five previous events held every three years in Rome since 2000, we are being hosted on this occasion by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, which has joined forces with the Idente Foundation for Study and Research in Italy and the Fernando Rielo Foundation in Spain, for the organization of the Conference. The Fernando Rielo Chair has also been created at the Pontifical University.
This singular forum has brought together hundreds of people from all over the world and from many different academic and professional backgrounds in pursuit of a clearer vision of how our conceptions of ultimate reality shape and interact with the varied spheres of human thought and creativity. The exchanges which have taken place have helped us to open our understanding not only to the absolute horizon of life, but to the interconnectedness of our endeavors, ranging from epistemology to medicine.
A key concern this year is the vocation of metaphysical and humanistic thought in general to shed light on and provide responses to the concrete personal, religious, and cultural needs of human beings.
2015 is the Jubilee Year of St. Theresa of Avila, and the mystical dimension of thought and experience, which has always received attention at previous Conferences, should prove even more significant now. A concluding event in Avila, with the collaboration of the local university, has also been introduced into Metaphysics 2015.
As in previous years, the Conference is envisioned as multidisciplinary, open to all the major fields of human reflection and activity. For the sake of simplicity, this openness has been summarized under five headings:
a) metaphysics and the mystical dimension;
b) metaphysics and knowledge;
c) metaphysics and aesthetics (art, literature, music);
d) metaphysics and experiential sciences (including medicine, psychotherapy, law, economics, political science);
e) metaphysics and experimental and formal sciences.
The two official languages of the Conference this year are English and Spanish.
Please visit the Conference website for detailed information and instructions on registration, the submission of topics and abstracts, and travel to Salamanca:
www.romemetaphysics.org
Feel free to write us at any time with questions relating to any aspect of the Conference, be it content, practical organization, or proposals for papers and discussion, and we shall reply as promptly as possible:
info@romemetaphysics.org
David G. Murray

Director
Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics
Salamanca, Spain — November 12-14, 2015
dgmurray@gmail.com

www.romemetaphysics.org
info@romemetaphysics.org
Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca

Via dei Giubbonari, 64

00184 Roma (RM)

Italia

Tel/Fax: +39 06 68139624
Email: fiser@idente.net

 

Conf: Philosophical Issues in Scientific Psychiatry

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From: Christian Perring <cperring@yahoo.com>
Subject: Call for Abstracts, AAPP 28th Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2016

 

Call for Abstracts, AAPP 28th Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2016 Atlanta, GA
Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

28th ANNUAL MEETING May 14-15, 2016 Atlanta, GA

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN SCIENTIFIC PSYCHIATRY:
RDOC, DSM, MECHANISMS, AND MORE

Conference co-chairs: Şerife Tekin & Peter Zachar

Keynote speakers:

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D. Emory University

Uma Vaidyanathan, Ph.D. National Institute of Mental Health, RDoC Unit

The science of psychiatry advances by means of empirical research. Scientific cultures, however, rely upon on non-empirical commitments such as methodological preferences, criteria for good constructs, and decisions about how to allocate limited resources to a superfluity of scientific goals. For instance shortly before the publication of the DSM-5 ̧the National Institute of Mental Health announced the goal of ultimately replacing the DSM as a guide for scientific research in psychiatry. Their preferred alternative is called the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), a classification matrix of basic psychological capacities that lend themselves for explanation by relevant biological mechanisms. In some respects RDoC is as much a philosophical revolution as a scientific one.

Accompanying this transition is the burgeoning body of first person accounts of patients, narrating the experience of mental disorder and psychiatric treatment, adding to the sources of knowledge in psychiatry.

Both these transitions in the psychiatric landscape create further impetus to revisit important topics pertaining to scientific research in psychopathology, not only among psychiatrists and psychologists, but also among philosophers and historians of science who specialize in thinking about the nature of scientific research and progress.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the RDoC framework for psychiatric research?
 How could recent philosophical work on mechanisms contribute to RDoC’s promise to develop a causal understanding of psychopathology?
Should latent variables be considered causes of behavior?
 To what does construct validity refer in a psychiatric context?
Categories of mental disorder may not carve nature at the joints. Do competing dimensional models?
 Can research in the history and theory of psychopathology contribute to the progress of scientific psychiatry? How can the work on values in feminist philosophy of science address the various tensions that exist between scientist versus practitioner perspectives?
 What are the implications of the differences between folk psychological and scientific psychological concepts on scientific research on mental disorders?
 Can patients’ experiences with mental illness contribute to scientific progress, or are they incommensurable?

Presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed, so the author’s identifying information should be attached separately.

Abstracts should be 500-600 words and sent via email by November 15, 2015 to Şerife Tekin (stekin@daemen.edu) and Peter Zachar (pzachar@aum.edu). Notices of acceptance or rejection will be distributed in January.

http://philosophyandpsychiatry.org/2015/07/09/call-for-abstracts-aapp-28th-annual-meeting-may-14-15-2016-atlanta-ga/

 

 
Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dowling College

http://christianperring.com/

Editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/
Office Phone: (631) 244-3349
Dept Philosophy, Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY 11769, USA

 

Conf: Philosophical Issues in Scientific Psychiatry

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From: Christian Perring <cperring@yahoo.com>
Subject: Call for Abstracts, AAPP 28th Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2016

 

Call for Abstracts, AAPP 28th Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2016 Atlanta, GA
Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

28th ANNUAL MEETING May 14-15, 2016 Atlanta, GA

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN SCIENTIFIC PSYCHIATRY:
RDOC, DSM, MECHANISMS, AND MORE

Conference co-chairs: Şerife Tekin & Peter Zachar

Keynote speakers:

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D. Emory University

Uma Vaidyanathan, Ph.D. National Institute of Mental Health, RDoC Unit

The science of psychiatry advances by means of empirical research. Scientific cultures, however, rely upon on non-empirical commitments such as methodological preferences, criteria for good constructs, and decisions about how to allocate limited resources to a superfluity of scientific goals. For instance shortly before the publication of the DSM-5 ̧the National Institute of Mental Health announced the goal of ultimately replacing the DSM as a guide for scientific research in psychiatry. Their preferred alternative is called the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), a classification matrix of basic psychological capacities that lend themselves for explanation by relevant biological mechanisms. In some respects RDoC is as much a philosophical revolution as a scientific one.

Accompanying this transition is the burgeoning body of first person accounts of patients, narrating the experience of mental disorder and psychiatric treatment, adding to the sources of knowledge in psychiatry.

Both these transitions in the psychiatric landscape create further impetus to revisit important topics pertaining to scientific research in psychopathology, not only among psychiatrists and psychologists, but also among philosophers and historians of science who specialize in thinking about the nature of scientific research and progress.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the RDoC framework for psychiatric research?
 How could recent philosophical work on mechanisms contribute to RDoC’s promise to develop a causal understanding of psychopathology?
Should latent variables be considered causes of behavior?
 To what does construct validity refer in a psychiatric context?
Categories of mental disorder may not carve nature at the joints. Do competing dimensional models?
 Can research in the history and theory of psychopathology contribute to the progress of scientific psychiatry? How can the work on values in feminist philosophy of science address the various tensions that exist between scientist versus practitioner perspectives?
 What are the implications of the differences between folk psychological and scientific psychological concepts on scientific research on mental disorders?
 Can patients’ experiences with mental illness contribute to scientific progress, or are they incommensurable?

Presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed, so the author’s identifying information should be attached separately.

Abstracts should be 500-600 words and sent via email by November 15, 2015 to Şerife Tekin (stekin@daemen.edu) and Peter Zachar (pzachar@aum.edu). Notices of acceptance or rejection will be distributed in January.

http://philosophyandpsychiatry.org/2015/07/09/call-for-abstracts-aapp-28th-annual-meeting-may-14-15-2016-atlanta-ga/

 

 
Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dowling College

http://christianperring.com/

Editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/
Office Phone: (631) 244-3349
Dept Philosophy, Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY 11769, USA

 

Conf: Ground, Essence, and Modality

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From: Tuomas E. Tahko <tuomas.tahko@helsinki.fi>
Subject: CONF: Ground, Essence & Modality (GEM) @ Helsinki, 8-10 June 2016

 

Conference Announcement
Ground, Essence & Modality (GEM) at Helsinki, 8-10 June 2016

Ground, essence & modality seem to have something to do with each other. Can we provide unified foundations for ground and essence, or should we treat both as primitives? Can modality be grounded in essence, or should essence be expressed in terms of modality? Does grounding entail necessitation? Are the notions of ground and essence uinivocal? This conference focuses on the links — or lack thereof — between these three notions, as well as the foundations of ground, essence & modality more generally. Sceptical approaches are also discussed.

Provisional list of speakers
Fabrice Correia
Kit Fine
Kathrin Koslicki
Jonathan Schaffer
Benjamin Schnieder
Tuomas Tahko
Barbara Vetter
Jessica Wilson

Further speakers to be announced. 4-5 slots will be reserved for an open CFP (to be posted in the autumn).

In addition, there are plans to arrange the second Humboldt workshop financed by Kit Fine’s Anneliese Maier Research Award and coordinated by the Phlox research group immediately prior to the conference. The workshop would likely be on the topic of the history of ground (especially Bolzano) and would take place 6-7 June 2016. Delegates of the conference are welcome to attend the workshop. Further updates will follow in due course.

Local organizer in Helsinki: Tuomas Tahko
Collaborators: Fabrice Correia & Benjamin Schnieder

Research projects involved:
Grounding – Metaphysics, Science & Logic (Correia & Schnieder) (https://groundingproject.wordpress.com/)
Essential Knowledge and The Epistemology of Metaphysics (Tahko) (http://ttahko.net/essential-knowledge/)
Essences, Identities and Individuals (Correia)

Dr. Tuomas E. Tahko
University Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Academy Research Fellow
Theoretical Philosophy
University of Helsinki
www.ttahko.net

 

Conf: Consciousness

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From: Anderson, Jami ( Philosophy Department ) <jamia@umflint.edu>
Subject: 2nd call: CFA Consciousness Conference Flint MI USA October 16-17

 
Consciousness Conference

 

 

 

University of Michigan-Flint

Philosophy Department

544 French Hall

303 East Kearsley Street

Flint, Michigan 48502

 

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery

and Neuroscience

4800 South Saginaw Street

Flint, Michigan 48507

 

cognethic.org

 

Dr. Jami L. Anderson

Co-Director

 

Dr. Jawad A. Shah

Co-Director

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

October 16–17, 2015
Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Flint, Michigan
The theme should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* In what way (if any) has recent research in the neurosciences altered our notions of consciousness? How (if at all) is neuroscience research relevant to questions about the nature of consciousness?
* What is the relation between consciousness and attention? Between consciousness and intentionality?
* How can we account for the unity of consciousness?
* What are the prospects of existing theories of consciousness (such as e.g., representationalist theories, higher-order theories, reflexive theories, non-physical theories)?
* Will we ever be able to explain phenomenal consciousness satisfactorily?
* Do thoughts have their own (proprietary) conscious phenomenology? What exactly is consciousness?
* Is consciousness experienced by humans only? Is consciousness experienced by all humans?
* Is consciousness a capacity that can be developed? Do social structures support (or inhibit) consciousness or does it exist independent of political and legal institutions?
* Is having consciousness of significance to being morally significant or of having moral standing?

Submissions
Submissions of abstracts (not exceeding 1000 words) are invited for presentation of talks (plan for a 20 minute talk). Please submit your abstract through conference website: http://www.cognethic.org/conference_pro_2015b.html. Proposals for panels and co-presentations are also permitted. All submissions should be of previously non-published work.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the neurosciences, the pharmaceutical and medical sciences, the social sciences, critical studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory…), law, education, linguistics, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields.

The deadline for proposal submission is July 31, 2015. Please direct all questions, comments, and concerns to Jami L. Anderson at anderson@cognethic.org.

Vol. 4, no. 1 of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (JCN) will be based on the proceedings of the October 2015 CCN conference. All papers presented at the Consciousness conference will be eligible for inclusion in this issue of JCN. For additional journal and contact information, see http://www.cognethic.org/jcn.html.

The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online, aimed at the cross-fertilization of research in neuroscience and related medical fields with scholarship in normative disciplines that address and analyze the legal, social and ethical implications of institutional policies. JCN is committed to presenting wide-ranging discussions. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions.

The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the study of the implications of their advances for society in the legal, political, and ethical realms. The CCN will disseminate this knowledge to as wide an audience as possible through publications, seminars, and other media. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines and professions that allow opportunities for intellectual synergy and increased impact by creating, fostering and supporting research and educational collaborations and communication. For more information about CCN see http://www.cognethic.org/.

 

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