6 April 2012

20th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Where: London
When: August 28-31, 2012.
Deadline: May 15, 2012

This meeting marks the 20th Anniversary of the ESPP. The occasion will be marked by a symposium in memory of former ESPP president, Marc Jeannerod, and a number of talks by other former ESPP presidents (Josef Perner, John Campbell, and Pierre Jacob). Please join us in London to celebrate 20 years of successful interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.

Plenary Speakers:
John Campbell (Philosophy, University of California, Berkley)
Josef Perner (Psychology, University of Salzburg)
Hagit Borer (Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London & University of Southern California)
Linda B. Smith (Psychology, Indiana University)

'In and Out of Experience: Personal and Sub-Personal Explanations in Psychology'        
Chair: Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, London)
'The Marc Jeannerod Memorial Symposium'
Chair: Naomi Eilan (ESPP President, University of Warwick)
Chair: Marcel Zeelenberg (Tilburg University)
'Mental Agency'
Chair: Joelle Proust (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris) & Fabian Dorsch (University of Warwick & Fribourg)
'Understanding and Communication':
There will be three linked symposia on this topic from the projects that form the EuroUnderstanding Programme
Chairs: Guenther Knoblich (CEU Budapest), Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University), Frank Esken (Salzburg University)

General Aim
The aim of the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology is 'to promote interaction between philosophers and psychologists on issues of common concern'. Psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, computer scientists and biologists are encouraged to report experimental, theoretical and clinical work that they judge to have philosophical significance; and philosophers are encouraged to engage with the fundamental issues addressed by and arising out of such work. In recent years ESPP sessions have covered such topics as spatial concepts, simulation theory, attention, joint attention, reference, problems of consciousness, introspection and self-report, emotion, perception, early numerical cognition, infants' understanding of intentionality, memory and time, motor imagery, counterfactuals, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, minimalism in linguistic theory, reasoning, vagueness, mental causation, action and agency, thought without language, externalism, connectionism, hypnosis, and the interpretation of neuropsychological results.

The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting.
Submitted papers are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists. Papers should not exceed a length of 20 minutes (about 8 double-spaced pages) for a total 30 minute session. Submissions may be by abstract (ca. 500 words) but in the case of philosophical submissions a full paper is preferred. Please state the primary discipline of your paper (philosophy, psychology, or linguistics) by checking the respective box during the online submission process.
The Society also encourages joint submission of papers as symposia topics (for 3 and up to 4 speakers across different disciplines) – the convenor should submit a brief (1000 word) description of the symposium topic in addition to each participant submitting an abstract/paper – all papers considered as part of a submitted symposium will also be considered for independent presentation. The selection of talks in a symposium should be suitable to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion. There may be some financial support available for the travel expenses of symposiasts (partial coverage of costs).
There will also be poster presentations. A submission for a poster presentation should consist of a 500-word abstract. Submitted papers may also be considered for presentation as posters.

All submissions (whether abstracts or full papers) should be in PDF-format and should be properly anonymized in order to allow for blind refereering.
Program chairs:
Fabian Dorsch
Teresa McCormack
Peter Svenonius

Local organization:
Barry Smith, Institute for Philosophy, University of London

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