CFP: /Philosophies/ Special Issue: Abductive Cognition and Machine Learning: Philosophical Implications

Submission deadline: December 1, 2021

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Dear colleagues,

It is well-known that we are living in the age of artificial intelligence. If DeepBlue was a mere astral signal, AlphaGo was a symbolic announcement of the beginning of a new era. Now, as AlphaFold 2 takes another huge step toward the goal of AGI, AI is changing all aspects of our lives. How should we understand this phenomenon and its far-reaching philosophical implications? While machine learning iss known to be the key to enhancing AI algorithms, recent advances in cognitive neuroscience have been another crucial factor. Nevertheless, much is still unknown about how these advancements in AI are possible. How are we to fathom super-intelligent machine minds in order to live well together with them in the future? Turning to abductive cognition seems to be a natural strategy to answer this question, as it has elements of both intuition and inference. Pioneered by Charles S. Peirce in the late 19th century, abduction was studied extensively in logic, philosophy of science, cognitive science, computer science, artificial intelligence, law, and semiotics during the 20th century, and several notable monographs on abduction have been published in the first two decades of the 21st century, uncovering the logical form and various patterns of abduction. Could abductive cognition be a clue to the incredible recent success of machine learning? Could we accelerate the AI revolution by implementing abductive elements into machine scientists?

Prof. Woosuk Park
Guest Editor


  • Abductive Cognition
  • Machine Learning
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Intuition
  • Inference

Please contact Guest Editor Prof. Woosuk Park or Special Issue Editor Viktor Ćirković at [email protected] for further information.

Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287, is an international peer-reviewed open access journal. The journal has recently been indexed into Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in Web of Science.

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