Dynamic Being

(21 - 24 June 2012; Sofia, Bulgaria)


I. Conference description:


The idea:  The conference is meant to bring together scholars working on dynamic aspects of ontological issues. The idea is to try to establish important commonalities between process research, research concerning interactions between mind and world, as well as their possible formalizations with the objective of enabling further interdisciplinary research.


The aim: The aim of the conference is to explore some outstanding contemporary trends in ontology, especially those connected with the contemporary results in dynamic ontology. Particularly important will be analytic and continental perspectives on dynamic ontology; dynamic approaches to mind, language and cognition; and formal aspects of processes.


Topics: The idea and the aim of the conference suggest three main overlapping topics:

1. Contemporary results in dynamic ontology.

One of the most important characteristics of the present day ontological investigations is the growing interest in, and emphasis on, the dynamic aspects of being and on the processuality of being itself. A deeper understanding of dynamics is relevant not only for the main philosophical trends of analytic and continental philosophy, but also for recent developments in process philosophy that attempt to overcome at least some of the conflicts between both traditions. Possibilities of contemporary computer technologies will be discussed for the development of dynamic ontologies in a wide sphere of applied areas, including mind, language and cognition. The present subtopic will be focused on these new tendencies in the ontological research and on the comparison of these tendencies with traditional ontological investigations.


2. Dynamic approaches to Mind, Language, and Cognition.

Contemporary theories of mind and knowledge emphasize the importance of the interaction between mind and world in explaining the nature of mind or knowledge. Embodied cognition, relational conceptions of perceptual experience and knowledge in general, as well as ecological rationality, are some of the relevant conceptions. Other philosophers are more interested in dynamic phenomena described by science, such as the theory of evolution and cognitive development. The present subtopic aims at revealing useful commonalities between such kinds of theories.


3. Formal aspects of processes.

Recently we have experienced a dynamic turn in our understanding of logic and knowledge. Now they are predominantly conceptualized in processual terms and the exploration of their patterns of change gave us significant new insights in their respective theoretical fields and proper understanding of their social aspects. These trends can be seen as complementary to the current approaches in dynamic ontology.


Expected results: The discussions will lead to the publication of selected papers by a high-quality publisher. This volume will:

  • improve our understanding of dynamic and process ontology;
  • improve our understanding of the dynamic approaches to mind, language, and cognition;
  • successfully argue that process philosophy can provide better conceptual tools for overcoming the conflict between analytic and continental ontology, at least in some respects;
  • provide better understanding of the formal aspects of processes;
  • provide better possibilities for interdisciplinary co-operative work between scientists and ontologists.


II. Organizers:

           Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge ¾ Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

           Department of Philosophy of the Philosophical Faculty of SU “St. Kl. Ohridski”


Bulgarian Ontological Society

           Bulgarian Center for Process Studies



III. Local Organizing committee:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vesselin Petrov (ISSK - BAS) - head
          Prof. DSc. Mincho Hadjiski (BAS-Sofia)
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aneta Karageorgieva (SU “St. Kl. Ohridski”)
  1. Assist. Prof. Dr. Marina Bakalova (ISSK-BAS)
  1. Assist. Prof. Dr. Daniela Ivanova (ISSK-BAS)
  1. Assist. Prof. Dr. Rosen Lutskanov (ISSK-BAS)
  1. Dr. Dimitar Ivanov (SU “St. Kl. Ohridski”)


IV. Program committee:

    1. Prof. Francois Beets (Belguim)
    1. Prof. Heinrich Herre (Germany)
    1. Prof. Helmut Maaßen (Germany)
    1. Prof. Johanna Seibt (Denmark)
    1. Prof. John Sowa (USA)
    1. Prof. Michel Weber (Belgium)
    1. Prof. Mincho Hadjiski (Bulgaria)
    1. Prof. Nenad Miscevic (Slovenia)
    1. Prof. Roberto Poli (Italy)
    1. Prof. Timothy Williamson (UK)
    1. Prof. William Hamrick (USA)
    1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vesselin Petrov (Bulgaria)      

V. Invited speakers:

Prof. Heinrich Herre (Germany)

Prof. Helmut Maaßen (Germany)

Prof. Johanna Seibt  (Denmark)

Prof. John Sowa (USA)

Prof. Michel Weber  (Belgium)

Prof. Nenad Miscevic  (Slovenia)

      Prof. Roberto Poli  (Italy)


VI. Provisional schedule: printable version

(changes are possible)

21 June 2012

                                                                                                                                     Hall 1

(Sofia University)




(at the Reception Desk in Hall 1)



Moderator: Vesselin Petrov (Bulgaria)


Opening of the conference


Johanna Seibt (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

Forms of Dynamicity


Coffee break



Helmut Maaßen (University of Dusseldorf, Germany)
Aspects of dynamic Ontology in Whitehead’s ‘Process and Reality’. (process philosophy)





                                                                                                              FIRST AFTERNOON SESSION

Moderator: Johanna Seibt (Denmark)


Vesselin Petrov (ISSK – BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)
 Dynamic aspects of process ontology


Francois Beets (University of Liege, Belgium)
The autodynamism of matter


 Ella Csikós (Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)

Freedom and Creativity in Process Philosophy



Bálint Molnár (Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)

From relations to networks. A possible approach of Hegel’s and Whitehead’s process-ontology



Coffee break



Moderator: Helmut Maaßen (Germany)


Maria-Teresa Teixeira (Lisbon University, Portugal)
Dynamic being and ontological memory



Desislava Parashkevova (Doctoral Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
The Imagination’s Constitutive Role in Alfred North Whitehead’s Ontology



Martin Kaplický (Department of Aesthetics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
 Carlson’s Cognitive Model of Environmental Aesthetic and Whiteheadian Beauty



Olga Stoliarova (Department of Social Epistemology, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

History of Science as a Way to a Dynamic Ontology: 

Some Contemporary Constructivist Perspectives on Science and Reality



Cocktail party


22 June 2012

Hall 1

(Sofia University)



Moderator: Aneta Karageorgieva (Bulgaria)


Roberto Poli (University of Tento, Italy)

On the difference between dynamic and process ontology


Coffee break


Henry Laycock (Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, Canada and visiting professor in the University of Padua, Italy) 
The logic and ontology of matter as a pure dynamics process





Moderator: Roberto Poli (Italy)


Piotr Lesniak (Institute of Philosophy, Universytet Opolski, Poland)
The perception of causality in the light of process ontology 


Blazej Skrzypulec (Institute of Philosophy, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland) 
Individualization of visual objects



Yujian Zheng (Philosophy Dept., Lingnan UniversityHong Kong
Evolution-bound Normativity and External Reasons


Fabrice Pataut (Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, CNRS – Université Paris 1 – École Normale Supérieure, France) 
Warrants for self-ascriptions



Coffee break



Henry Laycock (Canada)


Marina Bakalova (ISSK – BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria) 
The Opacity Problem Revised



Barbora Geistová Čakovská (Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava, Slovak Republic)

Close synonymy from the logical point of view


Aneta Karageorgieva & Dimitar G. Ivanov (Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Why the dynamic approach to the mind does no better than the neuroscientific approach?


Teodor Negru (Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences 

“Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania)

Self: a Dynamical Approach


23 June 2012


Hall 1

(Sofia University)



Moderator: Rosen Lutskanov (Bulgaria)


John Sowa (IBM and a cofounder of VivoMind Intelligence, Inc., Stanford University, USA)

Dynamics of Language and Reasoning


Coffee break



Heinrich Herre (University of Leipzig, Germany)

The Integration of Objects and Processes in the Framework of the General Formal Ontology (GFO)






Moderator: John Sowa (USA)


Vassil Sgurev (BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria), Mincho Hadjiski (BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Implementation of Dynamic Ontology in Technical Systems


Galia Angelova (Institute for Information and Communication Technologies - BAS)
Automatic ontology acquisition from text


Lilia Gurova (New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Ontological Challenges For The Classification Of Mental Disorders: Formal Ontology Is Not A Remedy For The Medical Model Of Mental Disease


Rosen Lutskanov (ISSK – BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Revision-theoretic semantics for justification logic with self-referential constant specifications



Coffee break




Moderator: Heinrich Herre (Germany)


David Grandy (Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA)
Levinas and Quantum Entanglement: A World Innocent of What It Might Yet Be


Chenyang Li (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Being as Process of Harmonization: A Chinese View of Dynamic Being


Carlos Garcia (National University of Mexico)
Passions and the Mind-Body Problem in Descartes


Slobodan Perovic (Department of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Deriving Ontology from Biological Systems: Dynamics of Life and Its Entities  



Closing the conference



24 June 2012


One day Excursion with a microbus to the famous Bulgarian Rila Monastery

The Rila monastery lies in the very Rila mountain, at 1,147 meters above sea level. It is situated 117 km away from Sofia to the south, and is no doubt the most popular tourist site among all monasteries in Bulgaria equally for its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history. The monastery is flanked by the small mountain rivers of Rilska and Drushlyavitsa and is only 4 hours walking distance from the Malyovitsa peak, rising at 2,729 meters above sea level. The highest peak of the Rila mountain, Mousala (2925 meters), which is also the Balkan peninsula’s highest point, is further away at about 8 hours’ walk. The monastery offers a great view to the surrounding peaks of the mountain and represents a developed tourist sight with all the accompanying facilities such as souvenir shops, restaurants and inns. The monastery was declared a national historical monument in 1976, while in 1983 it was inscribed in UNESCO’s list of world heritage. The monastery offers accommodation while the area around it has grown into a developed tourist centre with plenty of restaurants and hotels. Once in the neighbourhood, it is worth trying the delicious mountain trout caught in the Rilska river or special breading pools by the river and offered in most of the restaurants around.

One day trip microbus transportation costs: Sofia-Rila Monastery-Sofia: Depending on how many people would like to join the trip, from 10 to 15 Euro


VII. Conference abstracts and papers:

Submission of abstracts: approximately 500 words

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 March 2012

Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2012

Submission of papers: up to 3000 words

Publication: A collection of papers will be published in a high-quality publishing house.


VIII. Registration and accommodation:

Registration fee: 25 Euro, payable at the beginning of the conference. The Organizing committee does not cover any costs (Hotel, Meals, and Travel) of participants. Invited speakers’ participation costs will be covered.


Accomodation and hotel: “Slavyanska beseda”, web address:


IX. General Information:

Place: Sofia University, central building, Hall 1

Date: 21 - 24 June 2012

Working language: English

Contact persons (phone, e-mails): Vesselin Petrov, e-mail:



e-mails: ;


X. Useful information:

Sofia: Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria with a population of about 2 million people. The city is very old; its origin is about 2000 years ago. There are many museums and historical buildings to visit. Very close and easily reached is the mountain of Vitosha (in 1 hour with the transport from the centrum of the city). There is a lift to the top of the mountain, from where there is a beautiful view of the whole city, as well as to the mountain of Rila. Easily reached is also the mountain of Rila (about 140 km from Sofia), on which is located the greatest and one of the oldest monasteries in Bulgaria - Rila monastery. On the other hand, the second town in Bulgaria - Plovdiv - is in 120 km from Sofia; it has an interesting old part with a big amphitheatre from the ancient Greek time in very good condition. All these and many other facts make Sofia a very interesting place to visit.  Cultural events will be organized during the conference.


Letter of invitation: An official letter of invitation will be sent upon request to the contact person.

Visa: Bulgaria is a member of the European Union; so, the visa rules for the EU are also valid for Bulgaria.

Climate: June is the beginning of the summer in Bulgaria. Usually we enjoy a temperature around 25-300 C.

Bank information: Bulgarian money are called ‘lev’. Bulgaria has a currency board which means that lev is fixed to the Euro: 1 Euro is equal to 1,95 leva.

Sofia airport code: ‘SOF ‘


Sofia Airport Terminal 1

To the Sofia University and Hotels:

·         Public Transportation: Bus 84 (due to construction works is currently with changed itinerary and travels longer. One way tickets price: 1 BGN (Lev) p. passenger + 1 BGN p. suitcase): You have to get out on Eagle’s Bridge stop and walk 5 min to the University;

·         Taxi options (recommended for getting to your hotel): Please find and address at Terminal 1 Exit the Desks of either ‘OK SUPERTRANS’ or ‘91280’ Taxies. Normally, you will be charged less than 10 Euro (20 BGN) to the University & around 10 – 12 Euro (20- 24 BGN) to the hotels; Please, see below details of authentic Taxi logos.

ATTENTION: Please, do not search, or accept any offers for Taxi transportation but for the ‘OK SUPERTRANS’ (OK СУПЕРТРАНС-9732121) or ‘91280’ Desks’ offers and directions!


Sofia Airport Terminal 2:

To the Sofia University:

·         Public Transportation: Bus 284 (One way tickets price: 1 BGN (Lev) p. passenger + 1 BGN p. suitcase): You have to get out on Eagle’s Bridge stop and walk 5 min to the University;


Direct public transportation to the recommended hotels is unavailable;

·         Taxi options (recommended for getting to your hotel): Please find and address at Terminal 2 Exit the Desks of either ‘OK SUPERTRANS’ 9732121 or ‘91280’ Taxies. Normally, you will be charged  less than 10 Euro (20 BGN) to the Sofia University & around 10 to 12 Euro (20-25 BGN) to the hotels.


XI. Sponsors:

1. Bulgarian Science Fund at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

     2. Centro de Filosofia da Universidade da Lisboa




The information page on our website about the conference is still under construction. It will feature a “Frequently asked questions” section.


Last updated: May 22, 2012