Teleosemantics Today: A Workshop – 16.-18.02.2012, Erlangen

26 12 2011

Date: February 16th to 18th, 2012
Place: Erlangen, Department of Philosophy, Bismarckstr. 1, Room A 301
Organization: The workshop is organized by Peter Schulte and Christian Nimtz.

Teleosemantics might well be the most prominent naturalistic approach to
mental content today. Its proponents attempt to explain the content of
mental states – and, consequently, the conditions under which these states are true or false, correct or incorrect – in terms of biological
functions. Teleosemantics has been intensely debated over the last few decades.

Recently, discussion has focused on intriguing key issues pertaining to
the teleosemantic framework. Some of these concern the general form of the teleosemantic approach – e.g. the question whether consumer-oriented or information-based versions of teleosemantics are to be preferred. Other issues arise from applying teleosemantics to various areas of research – e.g. emotion, perception and concepts.

The workshop brings together leading researchers in the field to explore
the prospect of accounting for representation along teleosemantic lines in light of these key issues.


– Keynote speaker: Karen Neander (Duke University)
– Frank Hofmann (Luxembourg)
– Françoise Longy (Strasbourg)
– Carolyn Price (Open University London)
– Peter Schulte (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
– Ulrich Stegmann (Aberdeen)
– Markus Wild (HU Berlin)

For more information, visit our website at

Registration: Participation is free, but please register by sending an
email to peter.schulte[at]

Quelle: DGPhil




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