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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: "From cognitive science and psychology to an empirically-informed philosophy of logic", Amsterdam


Workshop From cognitive science and psychology to an empirically-informed philosophy of logic
Amsterdam, December 7-9 2010

Registration fee:
Student: EUR 35
Regular participant: EUR 70
(Includes coffee breaks, two lunches and welcome drinks. Conference
dinner to be paid separately.)
To register, go to

The workshop will bring together logicians, philosophers, psychologists
and cognitive scientists to discuss the interface between cognitive science and psychology, on the one hand, and the philosophy of logic on the other hand. More specifically, we wish to investigate the extent to which (if at all), and in what ways, experimental results from these fields may contribute to the formulation of an empirically-informed philosophy of logic, one that takes into account how human agents, logicians and non-logicians alike, in fact reason. The claim is not that all issues within philosophy of logic should be reduced to empirical issues, but rather that some of them are (quasi-)empirical to start with, and thus should be treated as such.
Invited speakers and tentative titles:

Johan van Benthem (logic €“ University of Amsterdam): Opening

David Over (psychology €“ Durham): €œNew paradigm psychology of conditionals€

Michiel van Lambalgen (logic and philosophy €“ University of Amsterdam): €œLogical form in cognitive processes

Helen de Cruz (philosophy €“ Leuven University): “Animal logic, an evolutionary perspective on deductive reasoning”

Keith Stenning (psychology and computer science €“ University of Edinburgh): “The emergence of classical logic in human reasoning as a case study of individual and societal origins of cognitive capacities”

Rafael Nuñez (cognitive science €“ UC San Diego): €œTowards a cognitive science of proof€

Francis Jeffrey Pelletier (cognitive science, philosophy, linguistics €“ Simon Fraser University): “Reasoning with generic information”

Catarina Dutilh Novaes (philosophy €“ University of Amsterdam): €œFormal languages and the extended/altered mind€

Contributed talks:

M.J. Frápolli & S. Assimakopoulos (University of Granada): €œThe
inferential nature of logical constanthood: The case of conjunction€
Shira Elqayam (De Montfort University, Leicester): €œNormativism and
descriptivism in psychology of reasoning: the role of formal systems€
Andy Fugard (University of Salzburg): €œExtralogical individual differences in amateur logicians: a way to match-make psychology and the philosophy of logic?€
Ole Hjortland (Arché-St. Andrews): €œIs logic empirical?€
Ben Sheredos & Tyler Marghetis (University of California, San Diego):
€œTowards a new psychologistic logic; some anti-Fregean (and Fregean!)
Fred Sommers (Brandeis University): €œA Cognitive Logic€
Adam Streed (University of California, San Diego): €œExpressivism as a
Reasonable Psychologism€
Alexandra Varga (Central European University – Budapest) & Michiel van
Lambalgen (University of Amsterdam): €œInfants€™ closed-world reasoning
about what to do, when, what for€
Mark Zelcer & Leib Litman (Touro College) : €œA cognitive neuroscience
approach to the sorites paradox€
For further information, please write to  peipl2010 @ gmail.com (remove