Posts Tagged ‘logic’

North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
June 23-27 2014
University of Maryland, College Park

URL: http://www.nasslli2014.com

The sixth  NASSLLI (after  previous editions  at UT  Austin, Stanford University,  Indiana  University and  UCLA)  will  be hosted  at  the University of  Maryland, College  Park, June  23-27 2014.  The summer school, aimed at  graduate students and advanced  undergraduates in a wide variety of fields, is loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series  in  Europe. It  will  consist  of  a  number of  courses  and workshops, selected  on the basis  of proposals. By  default, courses and  workshops   meet  for   90  minutes  on   each  of   five  days.

Proposals  are   invited  for  courses  or   workshops  that  present interdisciplinary  work  between  the areas  of  logic,  linguistics, computer  science,  cognitive   science,  philosophy  and  artificial intelligence, though work in just one area is within the scope of the summer  school if  it can  be applied  in other  fields. Examples  of possible  topics   would  include  e.g.  logics   for  communication, computational  semantics,  modal  logics, game  theory  and  decision theory,  dynamic  semantics,  machine  learning,  Bayesian  cognitive modeling,  probabilistic models  of language  and communication,  and automated theorem proving. (more…)

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Call for Papers

The Second International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation (TAFA 2013) will be co-located with IJCAI 2013 in Beijing, and builds on the success of TAFA 2011 (co-located with IJCAI 2011). The workshop is inspired by the recent rapid growth of interest in formal models of argumentation and their application in diverse sub-fields and domains of application of Artificial Intelligence. TAFA 2013 aims to further foster uptake of argumentation as a viable AI paradigm with wide ranging application by providing a forum for further development of existing ideas and for the initiation of new and innovative collaborations.

TAFA 2013 therefore encourages submission of papers on formal theoretical models of argumentation and their application in (sub-fields of) AI, and on the evaluation of models of argumentation, both theoretical (in terms of formal properties) and practical (in concretely developed applications). We particularly encourage work on theories and applications developed through inter-disciplinary collaborations. The workshop will also include a demonstration session. (more…)

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The biennial Workshop on Nonmonotonic Reasoning, Action and Change (NRAC) is an established workshop with an active and loyal community. Since its inception in 1995, it has always been held in conjunction with IJCAI, each time with growing success. We invite submissions of research papers for presentation at NRAC 2013, a one-day workshop to be held in Beijing, China as part of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-13) workshop program.

An intelligent agent exploring a rich, dynamic world needs cognitive capabilities in addition to basic functionalities for perception and reaction. The abilities to reason non-monotonically, to reason about actions and to change one’s beliefs, have been identified as fundamental high-level cognitive functions necessary for common sense. Research in all three areas has made significant progress during the last two decades of the past century. It is, however, crucial to bear in mind the common goal of designing intelligent agents. Researchers should be aware of advances in all three fields since often advances in one field can be translated into advances in another. Many deep relationships have already been established. This workshop has the specific aim of promoting cross-fertilisation. The interaction fostered by the biannual NRAC workshops has helped to facilitate solutions to the frame problem, ramification problem and other crucial issues on the research agenda. (more…)

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"The Way You Hear It Is the Way You Sing It", by Jan Steen, c.1665

“The Way You Hear It Is the Way You Sing It”, by Jan Steen, c.1665

Seven people are sitting around the bar at the local college watering hole, when the bartender looks up from the taps and asks, “Say, how normative is logic, anyway?” From around the bar the patrons answer: (more…)

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Call for papers

Progic 2013: The Sixth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
“Combining probability and logic to solve philosophical problems”

Workshop website: www.pfeifer-research.de/progic/

The Sixth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic (progic 2013)
continues the progic workshop series (www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/progic.htm). Progic 2013 takes place on September 17 and 18, 2013. The workshop location is the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, which is located at the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich.  The workshop is financially supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and hosted by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. (more…)

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Dates:  January 8-11, 2013 at Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile
The Third International Conference of Logic, Argumentation and Critical Thinking is a new academic effort of our Centre to continue what began in January 2008 and continued in October 2010, the first and second Conferences respectively. Just as with the first two Conferences, which brought together researchers from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, The Netherlands, United States, and Uruguay, in this third Conference we are not only trying to deepen and update the production of knowledge in the fields that this conference covers, but we are also trying to contribute to a positive valuation of different proposals that develop critical thinking and promote well-reasoned social debate.This Conference, organized by the Centre for the Study of Argumentation and Reasoning (CEAR) of the Faculty of Psychology at Diego Portales University, aims to generate tools, approaches and solutions to apply in those fields in which the uses of reason is fundamental: communication, law, education, etc. We do not have an official theoretical position, choosing instead to value the diversity of angles and proposals. We invite those in the scientific international community working in the topics of the Conference to participate and share in the body of knowledge, experience and current challenges it represents.

Official languages of the Conference: Spanish and English.


  • To learn about and spread the development and applications of logic, argumentation theory and critical thinking.
  • To share tools and strategies to improve the processes of teaching in the realm of critical thinking.
  • To stimulate academic and institutional exchanges.

Call for papers

The organizing committee invites proposal for papers in logic, informal logic, argumentation theory, rhetoric, critical thinking.

ABSTRACTS prepared for blind refereeing must be submitted electronically no later than September 30, 2012, to Cristián Santibáñez: cristian.santibanez@udp.cl

Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words long, in APA format.
Keynote Speakers

Johan van Bentham
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Elvira Narvaja de Arnaux
University of Buenos Aires

Christopher Tindale
University of Windsor

Conference Website: http://www.cear.udp.cl/conferencia/2012/index_en.html

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NMR 2012

14th International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning (NMR 2012)


Co-located with KR 2012, DL 2012, CILC 2012, AI*IA 2012, KiBP 2012

Rome, Italy

June 8-10, 2012


NMR-12 Registration fee includes lunches for three workshop days,
coffee breaks, and one ticket for the social event.

Previous registration at KR2012 allows for a reduced fee (for early
registrations only).

Discounted Early Registration ends:  May 11
Late Registration ends:              May 31
on site registration:                7-10 June

In this year, NMR will share a joint session together with the International
Workshop on Description Logics (DL 2012).
A special fee for joint registration with DL-12 is also available.

Details on NMR 2012 fees are available at

Information on accommodations can be found at


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Frontiers of Rationality
and Decision

Final workshop of a European research network
funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

29-31 August 2012
University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Formal models of theoretical rationality have seen major recent changes. The consequences for practical rationality have yet to be worked out. Over the past three years a network of experts has held a series of targeted research meetings to address this question.

In this final meeting, we aim to look ahead in time, and beyond the frontiers of research on formal philosophical approaches to reasoning and decision making. We have five guests: Branden Fitelson, Jeff Helzner, Simon Hutegger, Katya Tentori, and Kevin Zollman. There will also be presentations by many of the network participants listed below.



The research network for rationality and decision is led by Jan-Willem Romeijn and Olivier Roy. Members are: Johan van Benthem, Luc Bovens, Richard Bradley, Jacob Chandler, Michael Cozic, Franz Dietrich, Richard Dietz, Igor Douven, Stephan Hartmann, Martin van Hees, Brian Hill, Barteld Kooi, Hannes Leitgeb, Christian List, Eric Pacuit, Jeanne Peijnenburg, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Sonja Smets, Kai Spiekermann, Jan Sprenger, Katie Steele, Annika Wallin, and Jon Williamson.

Over the past years we have extended the network with a number of people: Alexandru Baltag, Seamus Bradley, Mareile Drechsler, Catarina Dutilh-Novaes, Patryk Dziurosz-Serafinowicz, Conrad Heilmann, Ronnie Hermens, Soroush Raffee Rad, and Rory Smead.



We invite submissions for a limited number of contributed talks. Please send an anonymized abstract of 1000 words to RatDec2012@rug.nl by April 15. The programme committee consists of the members of the research network. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 15 at the latest.



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This [a disconnected link to a logic course webpage] is no way to get women into logic.  The “naughty schoolgirls” Vince Hendricks, an editor of Synthese, probably the most prestigious epistemology journal, anticipates in his logic class will surprise the rest of us.  The kinderwhore fashion is ten years out of date and provides too little clothing for Copenhagen.  In all seriousness, it’s such a throwback (except for the iPod) that I thought it was The Onion.

Hendricks gradually removed the images, beginning with these, which I caught with screen shots.  The page was changed to indicate they come from a magazine spread, which does not mitigate Hendricks’ choice to use cheesecake to advertise logic.  Perhaps mooning is a new transformation rule that he’s taught his students?

A similar arrogance, though not specifically sexist, was noted on the part of Hendricks by the Leiter Report, when he shut down criticisms of creationism.  Leiter  credits the  feminist philosophers blog for breaking the cheesecake story, (I thank them for my first joke,) and you can find more discussion there.  But here on RAIL are the screen shots everyone has asked for as a record of what logic looks like without feminism, even now.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Trends in Logic XI, 2012 (Ruhr University Bochum)

The 11th Trends in Logic international conference will be held at Ruhr
University Bochum, Germany, from June 3-June 5, 2012 under the title
“Advances in Philosophical Logic”. It is organized by the chair of Logic and
Epistemology at the Department of Philosophy II of Ruhr University Bochum,
in co-operation with the journal Studia Logica,

http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/trendsxi .

We invite submissions presenting substantial recent advances in formal
philosophical logic. The range of topics includes but is not limited to: (more…)

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