1st 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. 

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 conference, we seek to bring together many of these perspectives to obtain a comprehensive and multi-scale landscape. In its first-ever web conference, the International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind (ISPSM) 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:

  • Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham, UK)
  • Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh, US)
  • Gualtiero Piccinini (St. Louis, US – presidential address)
  • David Spurrett (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  • Ines Hipolito (Sydney, Australia)
  • Mario VIllalobos (Tarapacá, Chile)

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


  • Fri 24 & Sat 25 November
  • Fri 1 & Sat 2 December

Venue and fee

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

Program Chairs:

Fabrizio Calzavarini (University of Turin)

Marco Viola (Roma 3 University)

Program committee (ISPSM Council members)

Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri, St. Louis)

Inês Hipólito (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

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)

Jackie Sullivan (Western University)

Contacts: fabrizio.calzavarini@unito.it, marco.viola@uniroma3.it