Call for papers: Topoi conference and special issue
AND EMPIRICAL ISSUES
Rome, Italy, 29-30 November 2012
We are proud
to announce that the first TOPOI CONFERENCE will be held in Rome in November
2012. This will be the first in a series of conferences, to be held every 2
years, sponsored by Topoi: An International Journal of Philosophy. In
analogy with the journal format, each conference will focus on a specific
theme (topos), and contributions presented to the conference will later
appear in an issue of the journal dedicated to the same
Marcel Brass (Ghent)
Elisabeth Pacherie (Paris)
Bruno Verbeek (Leiden)
unpublished papers are welcome on any topic relevant to the conference theme
(see below). Submitted articles should be in English, not exceed 5.000 words
in length (including references), and be prepared for blind reviewing. Only
original papers (i.e., not published or submitted for publication elsewhere)
will be considered, since the authors of accepted contributions will be
invited to submit a revised longer version of their papers for a special
issue of Topoi, edited by Markus Schlosser (Leiden) and Fabio Paglieri
Submission of papers by e-mail to: Fabio Paglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
file formats: .doc, .rtf., .odp, .pdf
Deadline for submission (full papers):
31 August 2012
RATIONALE AND THEME
Theorizing about human
has a long history in philosophy, and the nature of intention and
action has received a lot of attention in recent analytic philosophy. At
same time, intentional action has become an empirically studied
psychology, cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and
Many results obtained in these areas have been incorporated within the
current philosophical debate, while at the same time scientists have
adopted in their experiments and models philosophical assumptions on the
nature of intention and intentional action. As a result, the study of
intentions is nowadays a thriving enterprise, where both conceptual and
empirical issues are discussed in a dialogue across disciplines.
conference aims to bring together empirically informed philosophers and
philosophically savvy scientists to address a variety of central problems in
the study of intention. Possible topics for contributions include:
the relevance of recent findings in neuroscience and experimental psychology
for our philosophical understanding of intentions and intentional
What role can philosophical analysis play in the design of
experiments and in the interpretation of empirical results?
What is the
relation between intentions, choices, and other mental states and events
(such as desires, goals, plans, beliefs, expectations, emotions,
Are intentions necessarily conscious? Are they causally efficacious
in virtue of being conscious?
What, exactly, are motor intentions,
proximal intentions, and distal intentions?
What are the neural correlates
of the different kinds of intentions?
What are the mechanisms responsible for
intention recognition and action understanding?
What is the role of
intentions in gaining self-knowledge and self-understanding?
What is the
nature of group or shared intentions?
What role do intentions play in
self-control and weakness of the will?
Do (or can) other animals or robots
And so on.
conference will be held at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy (ISTC-CNR), Via San Martino
della Battaglia 44, Rome, Italy. The language of the conference is English.
Attendance is free and no registration is required. All meals will be
provided for the authors of accepted papers, but at the moment no
reimbursement for accommodation and travel costs is expected to be
ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORSHIP
The conference is organized
by Fabio Paglieri (Rome) and Markus Schlosser (Leiden), and sponsored by
Topoi, Springer, the European Network for Social Intelligence (SINTELNET), and
the Goal-Oriented Agents Lab (GOAL)
of the ISTC-CNR.
For further information, please contact Fabio