Fragmentation of Cognition: troubles of interdisciplinary explanations

October 24, 2019 - October 26, 2019
Mind, Language and Action Group / Institute of Philosophy / Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto

Via Panorâmica s/n (TORRE B)
Porto 4150-564

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University of Twente
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Exeter
University of Helsinki
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Waterloo
King's College London


Universidade do Porto
University of Warsaw

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2019 Special focus: "Fragmentation of Cognition: troubles of interdisciplinary explanations".

This conference is devoted to current interdisciplinary research on cognition and science, as well as to reflection on interdisciplinarity itself. This year, we would like to focus on the very issue of interdisciplinarity, which is usually tacitly accepted as valuable, and explanatory problems in interdisciplinary research, with some emphasis on cognitive sciences. There is a lack of such systematic analyzes and reflexes. We suggest taking on such problems (but without being limited to them) as:   (1) What kind of interdisciplinarity, methodological or institutional, is at stake for a given problem domain? (2) What are explanatory difficulties in interdisciplinary research? (3) Is integration (theoretical, problematic, methodological, or institutional) desirable in such research? (4) Should interdisciplinary approach be pluralistic? (5) Could–and if so, to what extent–participants in non-scientific fields (such as artists, industry, commercial entities) be involved in such research? (6) What kind of interdisciplinary character does have research on cognition? (7) Are cognitive science problems typical for all interdisciplinary studies?   Problems in interdisciplinary research are among the most vivid in the contemporary philosophy of science. They also clearly reflect the relationship between science and society. We suggest that these issues (as well as the topics of the previous editions of the conference) could be the subject of thematic sections, special conference symposia, talks or posters.  

Planned special events: ‘Philosophy of Psychiatry’ symposium, ‘Transdisciplinary Lab of Dance’ workshop, and others.

Relevant areas: interdisciplinarity; multidisciplinarity; transdisciplinarity; philosophy of science; social studies of science; cognitive science; neuroscience; psychology; sociology; linguistics; anthropology; cognitive ecology; ethics; feminism in science; research on art; theories of explanation; research practice; human-technology interaction; models. 

Invited Speakers: Mieke Boon (University of Twente), Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki).


- University of Porto, The Institute of Philosophy

- Polish Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

- Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, The Institute of Philosophy

- Avant Project, Centre for Philosophical Research (main organizer)

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