CFP – Computing and Philosophy Conference

The Third Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference

November 2-4, 2007
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


The Third Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference will again
take place at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The
conference is being held in succession to the successful Second Asia-
Pacific Conference in January 2005 ( CAP.html).

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CFP – European Philosophy

3rd Annual Joint Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy

The University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK

September 8th, 9th, 10th 2007

The FEP-SEP Joint Conference offers faculty and graduate students the opportunity to present papers in any area of European Philosophy. Abstracts of no more than 500 words to be submitted by June 1st 2007 to Juliana Cardinale, either in electronic form to or by mail to

Forum for European Philosophy
Room J5, European Institute
Cowdray House, Portugal Street
London School of Economics, London, WC2A 2AE

Some of the conference will be given over to themes in:

1. Phenomenology
2. Politics and Critique
3. Aesthetics and German Idealism
4. Ethics

If you would like to organise a panel of (up to) four speakers on one of these themes contact Gordon Finlayson before April 20th, 2007 on

CFP – Models and Simulations 2


Three-day conference at the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science
11-13 October 2007


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Ronald Giere (University of Minnesota), Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto),
Stathis Psillos (University of Athens) and Paul Teller (UC Davis)

ORGANISERS: Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), and Cyrille Imbert
(IHPST/Paris I)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Robert Batterman (Western Ontario), Jacques Dubucs (IHPST/CNRS), Roman Frigg
(LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia),
Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I), and Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)

PUBLICATION: Revised versions of selected papers will be published in a special issue of Synthese.
The deadline for submission of the final version of the paper is 1 March 2008.

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E-Int: “Body-Mind/Fact-Value: How Do the Two Problems Interrelate?”

Steve Torrance will be speaking on “Body-Mind/Fact-Value: How Do the Two Problems Interrelate?”

Pev1A1, 4:30pm, 15th of March

This session is based upon work done jointly by myself and Erik Myin (University of Antwerp and VUB).

We examine the relationship between controversies over the nature of conscious experience and controversies over the foundation for ethics. We explore parallels between the two areas and some ways in which the two fields are entangled. It’s possible to discern, in the background to each controversy, a certain conception of the relation between subjectivity and objectivity — conceived somewhat differently in each case, but with important points of commonality.

We develop an alternative conception of the subjectivity-objectivity relation, a conception which takes its lead from certain aspects of the enactive approach. Key problems in the fields of consciousness and of ethics — and possibly other fields — can be seen in a rather different light with the help of these insights from enactivism.

All welcome.

Seminar slides

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Conference announcement – ECAL 2007

9th European Conference on Artificial Life

Submission deadline: April 9, 2007 |

Artificial Life aims at the study of all phenomena characteristic of natural living systems, through methodologies of synthesis implemented in computational, robotic or other artificial architectures. Its wide scope ranges from the investigation of how life or life-like properties develop from inorganic components to how cognitive processes emerge in natural or artificial systems. The ″European″, in European Conference on Artificial Life – ECAL, merely refers to the conference location, but participation is worldwide. In this ECAL we envisage maintaining and enlarging this worldwide scope and want to emphatically encourage novelty and daring ideas, particularly amongst young researchers. We welcome both technical and conceptual papers… more.

Conference announcement


Imperial Palace Hotel, Las Vegas
June 22 – June 25, 2007

The 11th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held from June 22nd to June 25th, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Imperial Palace Hotel). The meeting promises to be both intellectually stimulating and very enjoyable!

ASSC11 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. The overall goal of the conference is to promote the scientific study of consciousness in all of its forms.

For latest updates, please check the conference website:

The web site will be continually evolving, so please visit often for updated information.

Confirmed speakers include:

. Marvin Chun, Yale University
. David Edelman, The Neurosciences Institute
. Graziano Fiorito, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
. Michael Gazzaniga, University of California, Santa Barbara
. Alison Gopnik, University of California, Berkeley
. Heather Gray, Harvard University
. Alumit Ishai, University of Zurich
. Anthony Jack, Washington University
. Joshua Knobe, University of North California
. Sid Kouider, Ecole Normale Superieure
. Rafi Malach, Weizmann Institute of Science
. Bjorn Merker, Royal University College of Music
. Irene Pepperberg, University of Arizona
. Luiz Pessoa, Brown University
. Philip Robbins, Washington University
. David Rosenthal, City University of New York
. Anil Seth, The Neurosciences Institute
. Giulio Tononi, University of Wisconsin

This is the FIRST call for paper and poster proposals. As in previous years a significant portion of the program will be set aside for concurrent sessions of submitted talks and poster sessions. ASSC11 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will promote discussion and debate.


Speakers in concurrent sessions are invited to talk on any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Submissions that include anthropological, evolutionary, physiological, psychological, philosophical, or computational perspectives are all welcome.

Submissions for both posters and talks will be accepted (please specify preference). Any person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on more than one.

Submit by filling out the appropriate form at:

Please note: talks and posters are selected based on an aggregate vote of the scientific program committee (members vote on all abstracts barring those in which a conflict of interest arises). Proposals that pass a given threshold will be considered for an oral or poster presentation; those that pass a lower threshold will be considered for a poster presentation only (this in no way implies that posters are considered a “lower” medium for presentation, but rather reflects the restricted number of talk slots available). Qualities considered in assessing abstracts include originality, relevance to research on consciousness (good, but seemingly irrelevant work will receive lower scores), and clarity of ideas (ASSC11 is an interdisciplinary conference, as such its expected that proposals should be intelligible for all members of committee regardless of research background). Membership status, category of talk, and presentation preference (oral/poster) are ignored when scoring proposals.


***EARLY REGISTRATION FEES will be available until APRIL 1st, 2007***

As in previous years, discounted registration will be available to ASSC members, who will also enjoy a range of book discounts and other member benefits. The registration discount will be greater than the cost of membership, so prospective members are encouraged to join ASSC now! To find out more about the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and to apply for membership, please consult our website at

ASSC11 Scientific Program Committee: Susana Martinez-Conde (co-chair),
Stephen Macknik (co-chair), Marisa Carrasco, Zoltan Dienes, Allen
Houng, Steven Laureys, Alva Noe, and Elisabeth Pacherie

Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience
Division of Neurobiology
Barrow Neurological Institute
350 W. Thomas Rd
Phoenix AZ 85013, USA

Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484
Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172
Email: smart (AT)

E-Int: “Art, Perception, and the Possibilities of the Body”

Art, Perception, and the Possibilities of the Body

by Alexandros Zographakis
4:30 p.m. 8 March 2007
Pevensey I 1A1

Margaret Boden in Crafts, Perception, and the Possibilities of the Body (British Journal of Aesthetics,Vol.40, 3, July 2000) contrasts ‘art’ and ‘craft’ through specific psychological theories of perception, namely ‘indicative’ and ‘enactive’ ones. The former put an emphasis on thought, memory, and emotion whereas the latter on ‘fundamental’ and ‘primitive’ bodily movements and ‘affordances’. Beden argues that the aesthetic of works of art is captured better by ‘indicative’ theories since they underline ‘highly cerebral skills’, whereas craftworks are mainly appreciated through the enactive framework since they underscore basic bodily movements. However, she concludes that there is no clear boundary between these two classes of artifacts because borderline cases elicit both ‘indicative’ and enactive processes. Although I agree with this conclusion, I argue that it doesn’t follow from the premises since her contrast draws an unintelligible gap in our perception of the world. I employ the enactive theories (Gibson, Noë and O’Regan) in order to sketch an alternative framework which suggests that appreciation of works of art is an equally ‘fundamental’ and ‘primitive’ bodily action, as Boden rightly takes the appreciation of craftworks to be.

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