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Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the Sixth Bochum Early Career Researchers Workshop in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Date: July 24, 2023 – July 26, 2023

Location: Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany, and online via Zoom

Organization: Alexander Hölken & Caroline Stankozi (RUB)

Keynote speakers:  Miguel Segundo-Ortin (Murcia, ES), Arantza Barrios (London, UK), Damian Battaglia (Strasbourg, FR)

Submission deadline: April 15, 2023

This workshop offers early career researchers in philosophy of mind and cognitive science an opportunity for in-depth discussion of their work. Each talk will get up to 30 minutes (plus 20 minutes for discussion). Each accepted speaker will be paired with another, whose paper they receive in advance to provide a brief (5-10 minutes) commentary.

We invite papers in philosophy of mind and cognitive science on the topic of the role of the brain in learning. Related topics that we consider relevant include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning in artificial systems
  • Learning in non-brained organisms
  • Animal cognition & comparative psychology
  • Basal cognition
  • The role of language and metaphors in cognition
  • Epistemology of perception
  • Action selection and decision making
  • Habituation, skill development, and motor control
  • Philosophy of A.I.
  • Philosophy of psychiatry and psychopathology

We welcome submissions from members of minorities and underprivileged groups. Attending the workshop is free of charge.

Eligibility: Submissions are invited from PhD students or researchers who received their PhD less than 2 years before the submission deadline.

Submission instructions: Abstracts ready for blind review (1,000 words) with a separate cover sheet (listing name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and date of (expected) PhD conferral) should be submitted to by April 15, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent during May. Accepted speakers will be asked to send their full papers (of no more than 10,000 words) by the middle of July.

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The role of the brain in learning

Learning, it seems, is not a property unique to brains. Therefore, an important task for young researchers in cognitive science will be to develop and apply a concept of learning that captures learning processes in both artificial and natural systems. While learning may be considered as multiply realizable, it is also evident that the brain realizes learning in a different way than artificial or simple biological systems do. However, what exactly these differences consist in is a hotly debated issue. Therefore, this year’s ECR Workshop will invite three senior researchers from different disciplines to share their different views on the topic, allowing interested early career researchers to experience multiple well-founded perspectives on this issue and add their own perspectives. These researchers will each deliver a keynote, addressing an important issue relating to the topic of the workshop. To find out more about this year’s keynotes, please click here.