2nd Annual Web Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind

Participating in in-person events comes with challenges for many researchers, either due to funding, disability, or other social circumstances as well as the contribution to Co2 emissions.

We make it our mission to organise an online event where state-of-the-art on the philosophy of the sciences of the mind will be presented and discussed open to everyone, regardless of their academic position and/or geographic location.

We strongly encourage scholars that are members of a minority group or are based in the global south to participate and engage. 

Best meme prize

Many scientific societies have prizes for the best paper. As an online-based society, we instead launch a contest for the best graphic meme regarding the philosophy of the sciences of the mind. According to Collins Dictionary, "A meme is something such as a video, picture, or phrase that a lot of people send to each other on the internet." In this contest, we are interested in memes formed by static images + text and GIFs.

The contest is open to all those who submit a paper or a symposium at the conference: to participate, simply add up to a .GIF or .JPEG file entitled "ISPSM2024 Best Meme Contest." Memes should aim to elicit a laugh and then a thought (similarly to the Ig Nobel prize) and should abide by the ISPSM code of conduct (https://www.ispsmind.com/). The winning meme will be hosted on the society's homepage and social media. The winner will be selected by the Program Committee.

What is the mind, and how does it work? Centuries of philosophical and scientific investigation have shown that these questions are too big to be tackled once and for all with a single explanatory endeavor. The magnitude of this pursuit has necessitated a multidisciplinary approach: several disciplinary fields have tackled the investigation of some facets of the mind from their own perspectives, possibly enriching and complicating the very notion of mind in the process.

In this second web conference, we seek again to bring together many of these perspectives to obtain a comprehensive and multi-scale landscape. The International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind (ISPSM) thus invites all philosophers working on any science of the mind (broadly construed) to submit an abstract for a paper or a symposium.

To facilitate participation of scholars from all around the globe, the conference will be spread over several days and time zones.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mary Carman

(University of Witwatersrand)

Eros de Carvalho

(Federal University del Rio Grande do Sul)

Mazviita Chirimuuta

(University of Edinburgh)

Chris Letheby

(University of Western Australia)

Nico Orlandi

(University of California, Santa Cruz)

Jun Tani

(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)

Jennifer WIindt 

(Monash University) 

A non-exhaustive list of disciplines and topics include:

  • Philosophy of psychology
  • Philosophy of neuroscience
  • Philosophy of artificial intelligence & robotics
  • Philosophy of linguistics
  • Philosophy of (cognitive) anthropology
  • Philosophy of ethology
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Philosophy of psychiatry
  • Philosophy of social sciences
  • 4E cognition


Deadline for abstract submission: April 30th

**Deadline extension: May 15th**

Acceptance notification: June 31th


  • Fri 18 & Sat 19 October

  • Fri 25 & Sat 26 October

Information for submission

Abstracts for papers (about 30 minutes each including Q&A) should be anonymized PDFs of maximum 500 words, excluding references and 3-5 keywords. A separate title page reporting the speaker(s)' name, affiliation, and email address should be attached.

Proposals for symposia (2 hours including Q&A, maximum 5 papers) should be between 1500 and 2000 words, excluding references and 3-5 keywords. Unlike papers, they should not be anonymized: speakers' affiliations and contacts should be included in the main text.

Abstract for papers and proposal for symposia should be submitted at ispsm2024@gmail.com by April 30th

Venue and fee

The conference will be hosted by Cisco WebEx. Being a fully online conference, no fee is required.

Program Chairs:

Valeria Becattini (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Marco Facchin (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Liberty Severs (University of Lisbon)

Program committee (ISPSM Council members)

Inês Hipólito (Macquarie University)

Fabrizio Calzavarini (University of Turin)

Liza Skidelsky (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Don Ross (University College Cork / University of Cape Town)

Krushil Watene (University of Auckland)

Nir Fresco (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Nicole Rust (University of Pennsylvania)

Katsunori Miyahara (Hokkaido University)

Contact: ispsm2024@gmail.com