Mental Representations. The foundation of cognitive science?

September 21, 2015 - September 23, 2015
Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Universitätsstr. 150
Bochum 44780


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Andy Clark
University of Edinburgh
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Rebekka Hufendiek
University of Basel
Anne Jaap Jacobson
University of Houston
Albert Newen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Nico Orlandi
Gualtiero Piccinini
University of Missouri St. Louis
William Ramsey
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dan Ryder
University of British Columbia
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Joulia Smortchkova
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Mark Sprevak
University of Edinburgh
Michael Wheeler
University of Stirling


Krzysztof Dolega
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Tobias Schlicht
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Joulia Smortchkova
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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The notion of mental representation has played a central role in explanatory frameworks in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences ever since the cognitive revolution in the 1950s. However, cognitive science has been undergoing a constant transformation, first through connectionism and then through enactive and embodied approaches to cognitive phenomena. To various degrees, these paradigms have called into question the usefulness and even the coherence of the concept of mental representation. This workshop brings together experts in the field who approach this problem from different angles, promising a fruitful discussion about whether future philosophy of mind and cognitive science should retain, discard, or transform the concept 'mental representation‘.   Daycare for children: Daycare for children can be provided if needed! With the help of the team from ProKids at the Ruhr-University we can organize daycare for small children at the conference venue. But in order to plan ahead, we need you to register for this service by the end of August! So if you are interested in participating and would like to make use of this service, please contact tobias.schlicht (at) for details, so we can provide you with the necessary form to apply. In any case, we need to know whether you need this service by August 30th 2015.

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September 13, 2015, 7:00pm CET

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