CFP: Aesthetics and Naturalism

Submission deadline: May 15, 2013

Conference date(s):
August 21, 2013 - August 23, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

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Proyecto “Nuevos paradigmas de la teoría estética contemporánea” (UNAM PAPIIT IG400713)

Dominic McIver Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He works mainly in aesthetics and is a member of the UBC aesthetics group. His research focusses on pictorial representation and perception; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; and computer art and new art forms. He is the author of several books: A Philosophy of Computer Art (2009), Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (2005), Understanding Pictures (1996), as well as of a number of articles in prestigious journals. Lopes is President of the American Society for Aesthetics (2013-15). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and co-editor (with Berys Gaut) of Wiley-Blackwell’s New Directions in Aesthetics book series.

Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy and director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Prinz works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and has authored several books, among others
Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perceptual Basis (2002), Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion (2004), The Emotional Construction of Morals (2007), Beyond Human Nature (2012), and over 100 articles, addressing such topics as emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness. Much of his work in these areas has been a defense of empiricism against psychological nativism, and he situates his work as in the naturalistic tradition. Prinz is also an advocate of experimental philosophy. He is currently working on a book entitled Works of Wonder: The Psychology and Ontology of Art (OUP, forthcoming).


Submission of abstracts: 

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of papers in English that they wish to present at the conference. Each presentation will be given 40 minutes, including time for discussion (the talk itself should not exceed 30 minutes).

Abstracts should be printed on one page with single line-space, 12 points font size and must not exceed 1000 characters (including spaces). The abstract page should include the name of the author, her or his affiliation, the title of the paper. It is desirable that the abstract provides an outline of the arguments given in the paper, and not just the theses argued for.

The abstract should be sent electronically as an attachment to [email protected]

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 May, 2013.

All abstracts will be blind reviewed. Authors will be notified by 31 May 2013 about the program
Committee’s decision regarding their presentations.

Some suggested topics:

  • Naturalistic approaches to aesthetics
  • Cognitive sciences and aesthetics
  • Aesthetic emotions
  • Evolutionary psychology and aesthetics
  • Aesthetics and naturalized epistemology
  • Naturalism and the arts (literature, music, film, etc.)
  • Perception
  • Embodied cognition and the arts


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Inquiries should be sent to Gemma Argüello, [email protected]

Organizing Committee
Gustavo Ortiz-Millán
María Herrera
Gemma Argüello

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