Special symposia

Thursday, September 17, 2015: 3:30 a.m. – 5:30 p. m

Organizer: Prof. Krzysztof Brzechczyn (IF UAM)

Idealization is gradually better and better recognized method of theory-construction in the natural and the social sciences as well as in different branches of the humanities. However, the recognition of different kinds of idealization and its impact on theory building is usually posed less clearly. Therefore, the main problems of the symposium will be identification of different traditions of idealization in natural and social science, their impact on strategy of building of theory and adopted way of explanation. We are welcomed proposals which will be led analysis in four dimensions:
(i) historical – presentations will be devoted to interpretation of the work of pioneers of modeling method in natural and social sciences; e. g.: Galileo, Darwin, Marx, Weber, Pareto and others
(ii) methodological – these presentations will be devoted to different aspects of idealization, e. g. ontological status of scientific models, varieties of model-building and concretization, peculiarities of modeling in different branch of science and humanities.
(iii) reconstructive – the purpose of these presentations will be analysis of methodological structure of different theories and concepts in the sciences and the humanities, e. g. concept of rationality, theory of value, etc.

Symposium is planned at September 17 and 18, 2015. The deadline for the proposals submission is May 31, 2015; Congress fee: 290 PLN, 240 PLN for Ph.D. candidates.
Proposal should be sent to brzech@amu.edu.pl.
After acceptance of proposals, participants should registered at Congress site: http://zjazdfilozoficzny.amu.edu.pl/en/

Friday, September 18, 2015: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p. m.

Organizer: Prof. Krzysztof Brzechczyn (IF UAM)

Idealization is gradually better and better recognized method of theory-construction in the natural and the social sciences as well as in different branches of the humanities. However, the recognition of different kinds of idealization and its impact on theory building is usually posed less clearly. Therefore, the main problems of the symposium will be identification of different traditions of idealization in natural and social science, their impact on strategy of building of theory and adopted way of explanation. We are welcomed proposals which will be led analysis in four dimensions:
(i) historical – presentations will be devoted to interpretation of the work of pioneers of modeling method in natural and social sciences; e. g.: Galileo, Darwin, Marx, Weber, Pareto and others
(ii) methodological – these presentations will be devoted to different aspects of idealization, e. g. ontological status of scientific models, varieties of model-building and concretization, peculiarities of modeling in different branch of science and humanities.
(iii) reconstructive – the purpose of these presentations will be analysis of methodological structure of different theories and concepts in the sciences and the humanities, e. g. concept of rationality, theory of value, etc.

Symposium is planned at September 17 and 18, 2015. The deadline for the proposals submission is May 31, 2015; Congress fee: 290 PLN, 240 PLN for Ph.D. candidates.
Proposal should be sent to brzech@amu.edu.pl.
After acceptance of proposals, participants should registered at Congress site: http://zjazdfilozoficzny.amu.edu.pl/en/

Friday, September 18, 2015: 15:30 a.m. – 17:30 p. m.

Organizer: Piotr Bołtuć (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Machine consciousness and cognition makes remarkable progress, parts of which are unfamiliar even to the top philosophers (see Nagel 2012). The main goal of this panel is to make current developments in the area of thinking machines, and their relevance for philosophy, known to the participants of the Congress. Thinking of machine consciousness requires more precision and definitional clarity than the traditional debates in philosophy of mind and related philosophical disciplines. We are going to focus on philosophically relevant topics in cognitive architectures and AI (very broadly defined) with some inroads into robotics. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Advanced thinking machines, their current capabilities and limitations. This includes learning machines, autonomous machines (including self-driving cars and drones) and imagitrones (discovery machines).
  2. Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA). What AI can learn from human and animal cognitive architecture and what we can learn from such cognitive architectures back, about animal.
  3. Cognition and consciousness (defining those complex terms). Broad understanding of computationalism that includes the tradition based on logic and the one related to cybernetics.
  4. What conditions would have to be met for a thinking machine to have first-person non-reductive consciousness.
  5. Ethical and social problems related to machine consciousness, including the so-called singularity.

We expect participation of faculty and Ph.D. students from Polish centers of philosophy and cognitive science such as Toruń, Warsaw and Poznan as well as from abroad.

Special Symposia held in Polish

Wednesday, September 16, 2015: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Organizers: dr hab. Łukasz Hardt (WNE UW), dr hab. Paweł Kawalec, prof. KUL (WF KUL), Dr Krzysztof Nowak-Posadzy (IF UAM)
Organizer: Dr Marcin Moskalewicz (KiZHNM UM Poznań), Dr Jan Zamojski (KNS UM Poznań)

Thursday, September 17, 2015: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p. m.

Organizers: dr Ewa Hyży (Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi)

Thursday, September 17, 2015: 3:30 a.m. – 5:30 p. m.

Friday, September 18, 2015: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p. m.

Friday, September 18, 2015: 3:30 a.m. – 5:30 p. m.

Organizers: dr Agnieszka Hensoldt (IF UO), dr hab. Stanisław Kijewski (IF UO)

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00  p.m.