DATES: Thursday, September 28 through Saturday, September 30, 2023
LOCATION: Beachfront Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach, Florida (For the first time since 2019, we will meet at the same hotel & time as the Alabama Philosophical Society.)
REGISTRATION: There is no registration fee.
CO-ORGANIZERS & CONTACTS: John Bickle (Mississippi State U. and U. Mississippi Medical Center) firstname.lastname@example.org; Nedah Nemati (Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia U.) email@example.com
ABSTRACT (maximum 750 words) DUE DATE: July 1, 2023; see below
THEMES: 1) Evolution of the brain; how evolutionary theories inform ideas about cognition and behavior. 2) Varia: philosophy of neuroscience or neurophilosophy, broadly construed.
In addition to welcoming talks on all topics in philosophy of neuroscience or neurophilosophy, at this year’s meeting we also aim to bring history and philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and neuroscience into closer conversation. To this end, we also invite abstract submissions for talks on the topic of brain evolution. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: histories of brain evolution and cross-species comparisons; using evolutionary theory to develop tools to be used to study the brain (e.g. neuro-computational modeling); 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 submitted talks, invited speakers, invited neuroscientist keynote lectures, and short “blitz” talks.
- James Bower, retired, formerly CalTech, and UT Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
- Barbara Finlay, Psychology, Cornell Univ.
- Paul Frankland, Neuroscience & Mental Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
- A. David Redish, Neuroscience, Univ. of Minnesota Medical School
- Georg Striedter, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine
- Kenneth Aizawa, Philosophy, Rutgers Univ., Newark
- Carl Gillett, Philosophy, Northern Illinois Univ.
- Alan Love, Center for Philosophy of Science, Univ. of Minnesota
- Thomas Polger, Philosophy, Univ. of Cincinnati
Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs (except graduate students receiving reimbursement, see above); the Hilton Pensacola Beach will offer special conference rates to all participants for Wednesday night, September 27 through Sunday, October 1. There continues to be no workshop registration fee.
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, breakfast snacks, and coffee and refreshment breaks each day.