Interactivism in Perspective: Celebrating Mark Bickhard's Contribution to the Psychology of the Whole Person

June 25, 2021 - June 27, 2021
Lehigh University

United States


  • Bilkent University

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Lehigh University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Wollongong
University of South Florida
University of Connecticut
Polish Academy of Sciences
University of the Basque Country
Aarhus University
Bogazici University


Sabanci University
Sun Yat Sen University, Zhuhai Campus

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Title: Interactivism in Perspective: Celebrating Mark Bickhard’s Contributions to the Psychology of the Whole Person

Dates: 25th – 27th June 2021

Place: Online (Zoom/YouTube)

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Since its inception as a model of mental representation,interactivismhas developed into a broad theoretical framework for understanding whole persons and their complex socio-cultural ontology. The present conference is a celebration of the work of interactivism’s creator and main advocate –Mark Bickhard.

Contemporary cognitive science is undergoing what has been termed “a pragmatic turn”: Opposing the traditional computational views, the current trend focuses on the dynamic, embodied, and embedded nature of psychological phenomena. Many of the theories that have grown to prominence in this action-oriented climate (e.g. enactivism, predictive processing,emulation theoryetc.) share significant common-ground with interactivism, while, nevertheless differing from it in various important respects. “Interactivism in Perspective” offers a theoretical discussion between interactivism and such congenial models, as well as presents research conducted within and in relation to the interactivist framework.

The conference will involve three panels dedicated to three areas of major interest to interactivist theory – normativity, representation, and language. It will also feature traditional talks by researchers working within or in close relation to the interactivist framework. There will be no open CFP for this conference, but there will be considerable time allocated to questions from the audience.

Attendance is free and open for all but you are kindly asked to register at

Panel speakers:

·         normativity (Terrence Deacon, Tom Froese, Alvaro Moreno)

·         representation (Dan Hutto, Ruth Millikan, Marcin Miłkowski)

·         language (Ruth Kempson, Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi)

Individual talks:

Richard Campbell, Robert Campbell, Müge Kuyumcuoğlu,

Alex Levine, Johanna Seibt, Georgi Stojanov, Lucas Thorpe


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Organizing Committee,

Jedediah Allen, Oğuz Erdin, Adrian Fraser,Robert Mirski, Itay Shani

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June 25, 2021, 9:00am EST

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