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Streams 2019

AAP 2019 welcomes papers in all areas of philosophy. In addition to regular streams on topics such as Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Political Philosophy (among numerous others), we are organising the following Special Streams on more specific topics. Please contact stream convenors for more information.

Assessing Practical Ethics

Analytic philosophers began giving increased attention to practical (or applied) ethics around 50 years ago, so this may be a good time to assess how this project is developing. What should the main aims of this project be, and how well is it achieving those aims? Are there any significant problems that work on practical ethics commonly displays? If so, how might those problems be tackled? Papers focusing on practical ethics in general or on some subset of practical ethics (such as environmental ethics or bioethics) are both welcome.

Convenor: Keith Horton 

University of Wollongong

Bayesian Cognitive Science - Open Challenges and Future Directions

This stream invites papers on current issues in Bayesian cognitive science. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Can Bayesian norms provide a unified treatment of cognition? Should one be realist or anti-realist about the theoretical posits of Bayesian cognitive science? Is Bayesian cognitive science incompatible with 4E cognitive science? Does active inference unify life and mind? How might posits from information and probability theory speaks to consciousness, if at all? If the brain is probabilistic, why don’t we experience the world in probabilities? Is Bayesian cognitive science consistent with a modular view of cognitive architecture? Why aren't we all at home, inside our bedroom with the lights out?

Convenor: Michael Kirchhoff

University of Wollongong

Combatting Gender Inequalities in Philosophy

Professional philosophy has long been called to account by feminist philosophers for the under-representation of women, both in its traditional canon and its contemporary disciplinary incarnation. Increasingly, the causes of this persistent phenomenon have been interrogated using a philosophical lens focussed on its institutional and psychological dimensions. How is gender inequality in philosophy best explained? In what way is it a problem? And what are the most plausible and effective remedies?

Convenor: Fiona Jenkins

Australia National University

Gender Balancing the Philosophy Curriculum

As part of a new presidential project of the AAP papers are invited on the issue of introducing gender balance into the philosophy curriculum. Papers focusing on particular areas of the curriculum and on teachers’ experiences in attempting to revise the philosophy curriculum are particularly welcome.

Convenor: Karen Green

University of Melbourne

Minimal Cognition

What might be considered cognitive behaviours (e.g. flexibility, adaptive learning or intelligence, and decision making) have now been studied in insects, bacteria, plants, and even slime moulds, while work on minimal modelling shows that even sparse components can generate interesting behaviours. The aim of this stream is to explore the lower boundaries of cognition, discuss the behaviour/cognition relation, and to debate the deciding factors (or a rejection of) boundary placement.

Convenor: Nick Brancazio

University of Wollongong

Model-Based Explanation Across the Sciences

Work on models has been extremely prominent in recent philosophy of science. The aim of this stream is to continue this trend by exploring questions about model-based explanation across a wide range of sciences. What different modeling practices are found in different areas of science, and how do these relate to varying approaches to explanation? How are models developed and assessed? And how might current discussions of modeling benefit from reflection on modeling practices in areas of science that haven’t received great attention in recent work?

Convenor: Patrick McGivern 

University of Wollongong

Multicultural Philosophy

The practice of philosophy has a long history outside of the white European tradition. This breadth is not always well reflected in academia, where the perspectives of marginalised groups, including those racialised as non-white, are often neglected. In this stream, we will explore philosophical issues surrounding cultural and religious diversity both within and outside of academia. We welcome contributions from all theoretical frameworks, particularly from non-western schools of thought.

Convenor: Krushil Watene

Massey University

Shared Intentionality and Social Minds

This stream aims to explore the topic of shared intentionality understood broadly as the variety of ways in which we get to participate in collective endeavours. Submitted papers should address some of the features of these different forms of shared intentionality. These include joint or collective action, shared emotions, shared norms and intentional states that underlie communal life as exhibited in sharing institutions, social types, communal history and humans’ capacity to think and reason about states of affairs. Topics might include discussions on the nature of social cognition, shared agency, the nature of groups and collectives, group attitudes and actions, the nature of social kinds, such as race and gender, social structures, practices and norms and specific sorts of social entities, e.g. laws, artifacts, linguistic entities, institutions and organizations.

Convenor: Glenda Satne

University of Wollongong

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