CFP: 2016 Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Thursday, June 2 – Saturday, June 4, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin

Submission site now open here.

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2016

Papers may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Submitted papers are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to philosophy, psychology and cognitive science. See the meeting page for more information and past programs.

Abstracts are solicited for the following presentation types:

  1. Oral presentation.Presenters of accepted papers will be given time slots of 15-20 minutes plus time for questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 1500 words.
  2. Posters. Several evenings of the meeting are devoted to concurrent poster presentations. Please submit a 750-word abstract for poster presentations.

Philosophical, psychological or cognitive science research may be submitted for either of the above formats. Work that is not accepted for oral presentation may be considered for poster presentation, with the author(s)’ approval.

Papers and abstracts must be written in a format appropriate for anonymous review and employ gender-neutral language. Individual authors may submit only one paper or abstract as first author, though they may be co-authors on other submissions.

Please submit your paper or abstract by February 15, 2016.

Keynote Speakers: Susan GelmanJoe HenrichDoug MedinJonathan Schaffer 

Invited Symposia:

Causation and Alternatives

– Bob Spunt, Tobias Gerstenberg, Joshua Tennenbaum, Chris Hitchcock

Epistemology and Theory of Mind

– Hyo Gweon, Jennifer Nagel, Alia Martin

Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics

– Noah Goodman, Kathryn Davidson, Angelika Kratzer, David Beaver

Prosociality and Empathy

– Paul Bloom, Felix Warneken, Mina Cikara

There will also be a session on communicating philosophical and psychology research to the public.

In addition, the current SPP President Laurie Santos will give an address, as will the winner of the 2015 Stanton Prize. Past Stanton Prize winners include Sarah-Jane Leslie, Fiery Cushman, Joshua Greene, Edouard Machery, Adina Roskies, and Tania Lombrozo. The William James Prize will be awarded for the best student submission, and attendees will vote on the best poster for the SPP Poster Prize.

This year, SPP has established a fund devoted to increasing diversity within the society; eligible students are invited to apply for travel awards. Travel awards are to be used to cover conference-related expenses, including transportation, lodging, food, and conference registration. A limited number of additional graduate student travel awards will also be allocated.

A pre-conference workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, on Transformative Experience and the Self.

Preconference speakers:

  • Dan Bartels
  • Paul Bloom and Christina Starmans
  • Molly Crockett and Alek Chakroff
  • Fiery Cushman
  • Alison Gopnik
  • June Gruber and Sona Dimidjian
  • Tania Lombrozo and Daniel Wilkenfield
  • Shaun Nichols and Nina Strohminger
  • Kristina Olson
  • Laurie Paul
  • Tomer Ullman, Laura Schulz, and Joshua Tenenbaum

Updates and additional speakers will be posted on the meeting page as more information becomes available.

Inquiries about the meeting should be directed to the Program Committee Chairs: Jonathan Phillips (, Liane Young (, or Christine Legare ( Inquiries about the local arrangements should be directed to the Local Arrangements Chair Cristine Legare.

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