Call For Papers: 3rd Annual Minds Online Conference

The editors of the Brains blog, together with the Departments of Philosophy at Florida State University and the University of Houston, are pleased to announce that the third annual Minds Online conference will be held during the month of September, 2017. And we hope that you’ll submit, participate, and share this with interested philosophers and cognitive scientists.


Helen De Cruz | Oxford Brookes University

Dr. De Cruz’s work is concerned with the question why and how humans form beliefs in domains that are quite remote from everyday life, such as in mathematics, theology and science. How do the concepts in these domains relate to our everyday, ordinary cognitive skills? What is the evolutionary origin of our capacities to form beliefs in these abstract domains? Dr. De Cruz argues that human high-level cognitive processes have precursors in nonhuman animal cognition (e.g., a sense of numbers is shared with other vertebrates), but that humans have expanded their conceptual toolkit by their reliance on other minds and on material culture.

Bertram Gawronski | University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Gawronski’s research aims at understanding social judgments and social behavior through their underlying mental processes. A central question concerns the mental underpinnings and behavioral consequences of spontaneous (“implicit”) and deliberate (“explicit”) evaluations of objects, individuals, groups, and social issues. Previous and ongoing projects include studies on attitude formation and change, context effects on evaluative responses, evaluative conditioning, cognitive consistency, prejudice and stereotyping, impression formation, decision-making, attribution, self-representation, and moral judgment. Several recent projects have started to investigate the role of spontaneous and deliberate evaluations in various applied contexts, including political decision-making, consumer behavior, psychopathology, and legal decision-making. In addition to these major lines of research, Dr. Gawronski is interested in basic questions of psychological measurement and meta-theoretical issues in the construction and evaluation of psychological theories.


The conference will include two one-week sessions. Each paper will be accompanied by a short audio or audiovisual introduction, some invited commentaries, and a reply by the author. There will then be opportunity for open discussion between readers and authors.

The online conference has many advantages over the traditional conference — including increased exposure for presenters, higher quality papers, higher quality commenters, a more manageable pace during the comment period, less expense, and less travel-related frustration. For more details, see our discussion piece “The Future of Online Conferences in Philosophy”.

Call For Papers

The organizers especially encourage the submission of papers on the following topics:

  • philosophy of mind (broadly construed)
  • epistemology (as it relates to philosophy of mind)
  • philosophy of action
  • philosophy of cognitive science
  • moral psychology

NB: Special consideration will be given to papers that engage with research in experimental disciplines such as psychology and neuroscience.

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • limit to approximately 3,500-7,500 words
  • prepare for anonymous review
  • describe with several keywords
  • accompany with an abstract of no more than 500 words
  • submit as .doc, .pdf, or .rtf (In order to be included in the program, authors will need to submit a .doc or .rtf version of their paper, so authors should plan accordingly.)

Submission deadline: March 15, 2017

Submission decisions: May

To submit your work, please visit

Please contact with questions or concerns.

The PhilEvents page is here:

We look forward to your submissions, and hope you will participate in the event!


The organizersCameron Buckner (Houston), Nick Byrd (Florida State), Bruce Rushing (Houston), and John Schwenkler (Florida State)

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