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Computational Modeling in Philosophy (22 - 23 June 2018)

Computational models are an increasingly important tool in philosophy. They find application in diverse domains such as philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and social epistemology. Computers allow us to model the evolution of language, individual thought processes, scientific communities, and opinion dynamics in much more sophisticated ways than previously possible. The models employed range from toy models to empirically parameterized representations of dynamical systems. Modelers draw on techniques from a number of areas, from agent-based modeling to artificial neural networks. Computational models contribute to philosophy by allowing for more explicit and rigorous thought experiments and by acting as a methodological bridge to the empirical sciences, for example. This conference aims to foster an exchange among leading researchers in the field concerning the foundations and applications of computational modeling within philosophy and beyond.

The conference is hosted by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich.

Keynote Speakers


Day 1 (Friday, 22 June 2018)

09:20 - 09:30 Welcome Address
09:30 - 10:00 Dunja Šešelja & Daniel Frey: Why Did It Happen the Way It Did? Using Agent-Based Models to Explain Past Scientific Episodes
10:05 - 10:35 Malte Doehne & Catherine Herfeld: Conflicts of Interest in Science
10:40 - 11:10 Maximilian Noichl: The Analytic/Continental Divide is Small but Stable
11:10 - 11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 - 12:10 Carlos Santana: Some Good Reasons to Attend Your Own Funeral: Against Scientific Stubbornness
12:15 - 12:45 Hannah Rubin & Mike Schneider: Priority and Privilege in Scientific Discovery
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 14:15 Aydin Mohseni: Truth and Conformity on Networks
14:20 - 14:50 Soroush Rafiee Rad & Olivier Roy: Anchoring and Single-Peakedness in Deliberations over Preference Rankings
14:55 - 15:25 Manolo Martinez: Representations as Rate-Distortion Sweet Spots
15:25 - 15:55 Coffee Break
15:55 - 17:10 Keynote: Cailin O’Connor: How to Beat Science and Influence People
19:30 Conference Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday, 23 June 2018)

09:15 - 10:30 Keynote: Johannes Marx: Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Influence of Informational Cascades on the Emergence of Political Revolutions
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Bert Baumgartner: The Backfire Effect in Opinion Dynamics
11:35 - 12:05 Charles Lassiter: Arational Belief Convergence
12:10 - 12:40 Borut Trpin, Anna Dobrosovestnova & Sebastian Götzendorfer: Lying: More or less
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 - 14:10 Tao Stein: Modeling Ethics as a Computation
14:15 - 14:45 Ori Hacohen: Mental Content in Computational Explanations
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:30 Keynote: Remco Heesen: Why Should Scientists Do Good Science?


Conference participation is free of charge. To register please send a message to If you want to join the Conference Dinner on a Dutch-treat basis please mention it in your registration message.


For additional questions, please contact the conference organisers: Christoph Merdes, Simon Scheller, Rush Stewart.


Leopoldstraße 13
80802 Munich
Room 2402

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