Concepts and Reasoning

June 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022
Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

AKAFÖ Mensa, Ebene 01, Tagungsraum 4
Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum, Alemania
Bochum 44801

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Emmy Noether Research Group “From Perception to Belief”


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

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We are pleased to invite you to register for the two-day workshop on the topic of Concepts and Reasoning, to take place at Ruhr University Bochum on June 20th and 21st. 

The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate the dialogue between philosophers and psychologists on foundational issues in conceptual representation and reasoning. A major aim is to discuss the role of concepts in reasoning, with focus on how semantic similarity and typicality guide different forms of everyday inference. Other topics to be addressed in the workshop are inference and metacognition, generics and communicative intentions, and conceptual combination and modifier effects.

The workshop is organized by the Emmy Noether Research Group From Perception to Belief and Back Again, located at the Institute for Philosophy II of the Ruhr University Bochum.  

“Concepts and Reasoning” Workshop

June 20 - 21, 2022

Center for Mind & Cognition and Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr Universität Bochum

Ebene 01, Tagungsraum 4


  • Igor Douven, IHPST-CNRS
  • Shira Elqayam, De Montfort University
  • Peter Gärdenfors , Lund University
  • James Hampton, City University London
  • Martin Jönsson, Lund University
  • Matías Osta-Vélez, Ruhr University Bochum
  • Annika Schuster, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Corina Strößner, Birkbeck University of London
  • Valerie Thompson, University of Saskatchewan
  • Steven Verheyen, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Preliminary programme

June 20

 10:00  Steven Verheyen: “Typicality representations in conceptual space”

 11:00  Coffee break

 11:15  Annika Schuster: “Typicality and probability” 

 12:15  Lunch

 13:15  Igor Douven: TBA

 14:15  Coffee break

 14:30  Corina Strößner: "Non-monotonic reasoning and modification"

 15:30  Coffee break

 15:45  Peter Gärdenfors: “Reasoning with generics as expectations”

June 21

 10:00  James Hampton: “Are you sure about that? When confident judgments are more consistent (and when they are not).”

 11:00  Coffee brea

 11:15  Martin Jönsson: “What We Mean as What We Said or Would Have Said”

 12:15  Lunch

 13:15  Matías Osta-Vélez: "Analogy as a search procedure"

 14:15  Coffee break

 14:30  Shira Elqayam: “Inference is all around us: conditionals, fluency and affect”

 15:30  Coffee break

 15:45  Valerie Thompson: “Metareasoning:  Reflective thinking, Feeling of Rightness, and Actively Open-Minded Thinking”


Attending the workshop is free of charge. You can register in the following link:  

(Registration deadline is June 18th)


AKAFÖ Mensa der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Room 2


Questions can be directed to Matías Osta-Vélez ([email protected]) or Corina Strößner ([email protected])


Matías Osta-Vélez

Corina Strößner

Peter Brössel

Lea Franz 

Matteo De Benedetto

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June 18, 2022, 11:45pm CET

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