Philosophy & Neuroscience @ The Gulf VI: First Call for Abstracts/Save the Dates



Philosophy & Neuroscience

@ The Gulf VI 

Sixth Annual Meeting of the

Deep South Philosophy & Neuroscience Workgroup

Art work Caroline Cooper

DATES: Thursday, September 28 through Saturday, September 30, 2023

LOCATION: Beachfront Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach, Florida

REGISTRATION: There is no registration fee.

CO-ORGANIZERS & CONTACTS: John Bickle (Mississippi State U. and U. Mississippi Medical Center); Nedah Nemati (Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia U.)

ABSTRACT (maximum 750 words) DUE DATE: July 1, 2023

THEMES: 1) Evolution of the brain; how evolutionary theories inform ideas about cognition and behavior. 2) Varia: philosophy of neuroscience or neurophilosophy, broadly construed.

PDF of this Call for Abstracts

In addition to talks on all topics in philosophy of neuroscience or neurophilosophy, we also aim to bring the history and philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and neuroscience into closer conversation. We invite abstract submissions for talks on the topic of brain evolution and how evolutionary theories inform ideas about cognition and behavior. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • histories of brain evolution and species comparisons in neuroscience;
  • using evolutionary theory for tools used to study the brain (e.g. neuroevolution algorithms in neuro-computational modeling);
  • questions about functional and structural homology of the brain;
  • evolutionary theory as explanation in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

This workshop is open to historians,  philosophers, and scientists working at all levels of investigation, and will continue our tradition of bringing junior and senior scholars together in conversation.

We will feature our usual events, including invited speakers, invited neuroscientist keynote lectures, and short “blitz” talks.

Abstracts (up to 750 words including references) are due by July 1, 2023.

A second call for abstracts will be sent early June, and will include submission guidelines.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs; the Hilton Pensacola Beach will offer special conference rates to all participants for Wednesday night, September 27 through Sunday, September 31. There continues to be no workshop registration fee.

PDF of this Call for Abstracts

This year’s meeting is financially supported by the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mississippi State University. Funding from Mississippi State pays for meeting space, lunch for all participants on Thursday (9/28), and coffee and refreshment breaks each day.

Please direct all queries to John Bickle at or

Nedah Nemati at

For the first time since 2019, we will meet at the same hotel & time as the Alabama Philosophical Society annual meeting.

The Deep South Philosophy & Neuroscience Workgroup is an American Philosophical Association (APA)-affiliated group dedicated to promoting professional interactions among philosophers and neuroscientists through transdisciplinary research and meetings, and to promulgate results of these interactions.

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