Representing Plants?

Reading my two previous posts, you might complain that perceiving and remembering require concepts, ideas, or even thoughts, which are basically representations, and plants don’t have those, so they don’t perceive or remember. For the same reason, you might add, they don’t have minds. Do plants have representations? Phototropism can …

CFP: Introspection Sucks!

Centre for Philosophical Psychology and European Network for Sensory Research

Introspection sucks!

Conference with Eric Schwitzgebel, May 30, 2017 

This is a call for papers on any aspect of introspection (and not just papers critical of introspection, but also papers defending it)

There are no parallel sections. Only blinded submissions are accepted.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: March 30, 2017. Papers should be sent to


CFP: Scientism and Consciousness

CALL FOR POSTGRADUATE PAPERS: SCIENTISM AND CONSCIOUSNESS A Conference at Keele University, UK, 27-28th June 2017 Keynote Speakers: Philip Goff John Cottingham James Tartaglia Keith Frankish Christopher Norris The term ‘scientism’ has traditionally been used by philosophers to denote an uncritical, excessively deferential attitude towards the (usually natural) sciences, along …

CFP: Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference 2017

Dates: Fri., Aug. 18, and Sat., Aug. 19, 2017 Keynote speaker: Tania Lombrozo (Psychology, Berkeley) Submission deadline: May 15, 2017   Conference Venue: Embassy Suites Downtown Buffalo, 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14202, United States, 716-842-1000   Paper Submissions: We invite submissions for paper presentations on any topic pertaining …

CFP: Advances in Cognitive Systems

The Fifth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will take place May 12-14, 2017, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA. The meeting aims to bring together researchers interested in building computational artifacts that focus on high-level cognition and decision making, reliance on rich, structured representations, and …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

In the next few months we will continue our regular series of journal symposia at the Brains blog, and also feature visits from several authors of recent books: During the week of February 19, Chauncey Maher (Dickinson College) will blog about Plant Minds: A Philosophical Defense (Routledge, 2017). Beginning the week of March 6 we …

USA versus Trump

I’ve rarely posted about politics on this blog. In an old, rare exception, I defended the modern Italian right from the accusation of being fascist or inclined towards fascism while simultaneously accusing Italian political institutions of lacking proper checks and balances (in part as a heritage from the fascist regime). I left …

CFA: Mind and Brain Annual Conference

Mind and Brain Annual Conference September 14 and 15, 2017 Flint, MI USA Call for Abstracts: submission deadline August 1, 2017 This annual conference will bring together scholars and researchers from all areas whose work concerns important issues involving the mind and brain. Submissions may concern traditional such as epistemology, …

CFP: The Relational Self

Interdisciplinary Special Issue to appear in TOPOI, an International Journal of Philosophy THE RELATIONAL SELF: BASIC FORMS OF SELF-AWARENESS Editor: Anna CIAUNICA (Institute of Philosophy Porto / Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences, UCL London) The SI will consist of six invited contributors and a matched number of submitted papers (for submission instructions …

Final CFP: The Philosophical Significance of Molyneux’s Question

This is a final reminder that submissions for the conference on The Philosophical Significance of Molyneux’s question, at the University of York from June 5-6, 2017, are due by February 15. The invited speakers are Becko Copenhaver, M.G.F. Martin, Mohan Matthen, and L.A. Paul. For further details and to submit your work, visit


CFA: The Rational Role of Cognitive Phenomenology

Call for Abstracts, Workshop: The Rational Role of Cognitive Phenomenology University of Bergen, June 6–7th, 2017. Extended deadline for submissions: February 26th, 2017 Travel and accommodation funding is available. The organisers encourage participation from members of under-represented groups. Please scroll down for further information. DESCRIPTION Previous orthodoxy in philosophy of …