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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Computational Philosophy, 2-6 Jul 2012, Birmingham (U.K.)


part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress, University of Birmingham

*Call for Papers*

Computational philosophy uses computational techniques to assist in philosophical discovery and 
provide evidence for philosophical positions that may not be easily found using 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 reduction
       - Understand cognitive processes to illuminate theories in the
       philosophy of 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

Further symposium details will be available on this website as they become available.

*Keynote Speakers*

    - Edward N. Zalta  (Stanford
       - Paul Oppenheimer  (Stanford

*Program Committee*

    - Anthony Beavers  (University of
       Evansville), Chair
       - Patrick Grim  (SUNY, Stony Brook)
       - Chris Menzel  (Texas A&M)
       - Vincent C. Mller  (Anatolia College / Oxford
       - Matthias Scheutz
       - Orlin Vakarelov  (University of
       - Hector Zenil  (University
       of Sheffield / Wolfram Research)


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 .

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.