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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Computational Philosophy, July 2nd-6th, 2012, Birmingham, UK


part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012

Computational philosophy uses computational techniques to assist philosophical discovery and 
provide evidence for philosophical positions that may not be easily found by traditional 
philosophical methods alone. It involves an array of techniques including standard computer 
programing, artificial intelligence, computer modeling, agent-based modeling, network analysis 
and ontology construction. Its philosophical targets cut across almost all branches of philosophy,
including metaphysics, epistemology and axiology, along with various specialized domains such as 
the philosophies of science, mind, technology, social and political philosophy, the history of 
philosophy, etc.

We invite papers that use computational techniques to acquire insight into any aspect of philosophy.
We are not here so much interested in broader methodological questions that such techniques raise. 
Rather, for this symposium, we are interested in papers that deal with the actual application of 
computer-assisted discovery in philosophy.

Sample topics include, but are not limited to, using computers to

    - Simplify canonical philosophical arguments
    - Understand idea propagation in evidenced-based epistemology
    - Understand and clarify processes of belief-revision and/or prejudice
    - Understand cognitive processes to illuminate theories in the philosophyof mind
    - Model ethical theories to test their viability or assist in ethical
    decision making
    - Model philosophical theories more generally for comparative purposes
    - Provide insight into the process of human and/or machine creativity

Submissions should be limited to 3,000 words (excluding references). Please email a copy of your 
paper suitable for blind review in PDF format (APA style) to the symposium program chair, Anthony 
Beavers, at afbeavers@gmail.com. Accepted papers will be presented on July 2nd and 3rd as part of 
the AISB/IACAP 2012 World Congress.

    - Submission Deadline: 1 February 2012
    - Decisions: 1 March 2012
    - Final Copy Due: 30 March 2012

This CFP and further symposium details will be available on our website as they become available.
See http://digitalhumanities.evansville.edu/computational philosophy/.

Keynote Speakers

Edward N. Zalta (Stanford University)

Paul Oppenheimer (Stanford University)

Program Committee

Anthony Beavers (University of Evansville), Chair

Patrick Grim (SUNY, Stony Brook)

Chris Menzel (Texas A&M)

Vincent C. Mller (Anatolia College / Oxford University)

Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University)

Orlin Vakarelov (University of Arizona)


There will be separate proceedings for each symposium at the AISB/IACAP World Congress, produced 
beforehand. Each delegate at the Congress will receive, on arrival, a memory stick containing the 
proceedings of all symposia.

About the AISB/IACAP 2012 World Congress

The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's IACAP conference.  The 
Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan Turing, and by the broad and deep 
significance of Turing's work to AI, to the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to 
philosophy and computing more generally. The Congress is one of the events forming the Alan Turing 
Year (http://www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/turing2012/).

The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich interchange between AI and 
Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest, whether directly addressing Turing's own research 
output or not.

The Congress will consist mainly of a number of collocated Symposia on specific research areas, 
interspersed with Congress-wide refreshment breaks, social events and invited Plenary Talks. All 
papers other than the invited Plenaries will be given within Symposia.