Understanding III

June 3, 2022 - June 4, 2022
Department of Theoretical Philosophy, CELFIS, ICUB, University of Bucharest

Splaiul Independenţei nr. 204

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University of Helsinki


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We're delighted to invite you to the conference 'Understanding III' organized at the University of Bucharest. It is called 'Understanding III' because it is a sequel to the virtual conferences 'Understanding II' and 'Bridges between the epistemology and the phenomenology of understanding' held in November and May 2021, respectively.

This conference, held in English, will feature a mix of online talks and talks delivered face-to-face which will be streamed to the online audience as well. All hours given below are local time for Bucharest, Romania.

Friday, June 3

2.45pm Opening remarks: Mircea Dumitru, Constantin Stoenescu

3pm Mircea Dumitru (Former Rector of the University of Bucharest & Vice-President of the Romanian Academy), " 'Feeling' the Proof. Is There Such a Thing as a Phenomenology of Reasoning?"

4pm Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut), keynote speaker, "Misunderstanding, Coming to Understand and What Makes People Tick" 

5pm Insa Lawler (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), "The gradability of explanatory understanding"

6pm Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki), "Cognition and understanding"

7pm Emily Sullivan (Eindhoven University of Technology), "Dependency-impurism in Scientific Understanding"

8pm Andrei Mărăşoiu (University of Bucharest) "Epistemological priority, norms, and context-sensitivity"

Saturday, June 4

1pm Richard David-Rus (Romanian Academy), "Defending understanding without explanation"

2pm Mircea Toboşaru (Polytechnic University Bucharest), "Transformative experiences, understanding, and transformative vocabularies"

3pm Constantin Stoenescu (University of Bucharest), "Ways of Understanding the Phenomenal. The Cases of Pictorial Representation and Exemplification"

4pm Lilia Gurova (New Bulgarian University), "Understanding and inference in recent works on scientific understanding"

5pm Olivia Sultănescu (University of Chicago), "Meaning, understanding, and inference"

6pm Bruce Russell (Wayne State University), "Understanding as the basis of a priori intuitions"

7pm Maria Martinez-Ordaz (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), "Ignorance, insights and scientific understanding: The case of the sterile neutrinos"

8pm Silviu Velica (University of Bucharest), "Intellectual mastery and the axiomatic method"

For those of you who would like to join some of the talks but have overlapping commitments, we will do our best to record the meetings whenever everyone in attendance consents to it, and to then upload the recordings on the Department's YouTube channel. Previous talks are available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOgUq3dN8CXI4L6DhZT1f_Q

The conference is organized by Andrei Mărăşoiu at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest. Co-hosting with the Department are CELFIS (Centrul de Logică, Filosofie şi Istorie a Ştiinţei) and ICUB (Institutul de Cercetări, Secţia Ştiinţe Umaniste) at the same university. Organizing this conference is made possible by a postdoctoral grant from UEFISCDI for a project hosted by ICUB-Humanities, project number PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0535.

Event details are also available on the Facebook page: "Seminarul Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretica UniBuc". To register for the conference and receive connection details, please contact [email protected] on or before June 2nd.

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June 2, 2022, 9:00am EET

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