CFP: Call for Papers "The Future of the Cognitive Science(s)"

Submission deadline: December 31, 2021

Topic areas


The future of the Cognitive Science(s) Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience: discussion, exchange and a common purpose

 The multi- and inter-disciplinary project of scientifically investigating mental phenomena known as “cognitive science” dates back to the end of the 1950s. Initially, it included six disciplines: philosophy, (cognitive) psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and anthropology. The kind of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary relationships required to link and achieve convergence between these disciplines has itself been subject to dispute. In fact, some authors speak of “cognitive science” (in the singular) to emphasize the need for a unity, while others speak of the “cognitive sciences” (in the plural), indicating that these disciplines should maintain their autonomy and specificity. Looking to the future of the cognitive science project, it is essential to examine not only the relations between the disciplines involved, but also their distinctive roles, methods, and objects of study.

 The development of the “new science of mind” (Gardner) and its evolution over time opens up several questions concerning, among other things, the nature and function of the disciplines it comprises, their status, their autonomy, the theoretical models they rely or should rely on, and the theoretical constraints they face. We are mainly interested in addressing this issue from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. And yet, we would also like to consider what other disciplines might contribute to a project involving the scientific study of mental phenomena, what role they could play, and what relationships they might entertain with philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.


The Rivista internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia aims to promote discussion on these topics and encourages all interested scholars to submit original papers devoted primarily, if not exclusively, to the following issues and questions:

·       The past and future of (the) cognitive science(s): directions and perspectives

·       Is the future of the scientific study of the mind bound to (the) cognitive science(s) as we know it/them today, or will it have to take a different road?

·       Multi-, trans-, and inter-disciplinarily: which disciplines should be involved in the new science of mind and how should they interface with each other? What is the role of philosophy in the cognitive science/s? Is it a science like any other or does it have a different function?

·       What is the role of psychology within the cognitive science/s? What specific topics should it investigate?

·       What is the role of neuroscience within the cognitive science/s? What specific topics should it investigate?

·       What other disciplines – in addition to philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience – should collaborate on the project of studying the mind scientifically? What role should they play?

Invited authors

Bechtel William (University of California, San Diego, USA)

José Luis Bermúdez (Texas A&M University, USA)

Daniel Burnston (Tulane University, USA) & Antonella Tramacere (Università di Bologna, Italy)

Max Coltheart (Macquarie University, Australia)

Alan Costall (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)

Philip Kargopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Marraffa Massimo (Università di Roma Tre, Rom, Italy)

Lisa Osbeck (University of West Georgia) & Saulo Araujo (Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil)

Frank van der Velde (Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands)

Manuscript preparation and submission

Manuscripts should not exceed 9,000 words (including footnotes) and must be submitted through the online submission procedure available on the journal website by 30 December 2021. – click on “submit”

Manuscripts written in English will be considered for publication. An English abstract of max. 150 words and 5 English key-words must be provided. Please, insert the code “Future2021” in the box “Communications to the Editor” in the online submission form (Step 1). Two separate documents should be submitted. The first document must be anonymous and contain only the manuscript and abstract without any identifying information about the author(s). A second document (called the “supplementary file”) must be submitted separately (Step 3) and include pictures, tabs, title, abstract, the whole manuscript as well as the names, affiliations, e-mails, and postal addresses of the author(s).

After a preliminary assessment by the Editorial Board, submissions undergo a double-blind peer review process. For instructions on how to prepare the manuscript, click on the link “How to ensure a blind review” available on the website. The decision will be communicated to the author(s) within 6 weeks after submission. After manuscript acceptance, an authors’ guideline will be provided for copyediting the final version of the manuscript.

For further information, please email Luigi Pastore ([email protected]), Sandro Nannini ([email protected]) or Sara Dellantonio ([email protected]).

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