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AISB Convention 2017

University of Bath, April 19-21


CFP: “Social Aspects of Cognition: Human and Artificial Life” Symposium 

Confirmed Speakers:

Steve Battle (University of the West of England, Bristol

Josefina Formanova, University of Prague

Giusy Gallo, University of Calabria

Raffaela Giovagnoli, Pontifical Lateran University

Jakub Macha, Masarik University

Ali Rahebi, Shiraz University

Claudia Stancati, University of Calabria

Michael Straeubig, Plymouth University

Program: Social Aspects of Cognition: Human and Artificial Life Symposium

21 April 2017

Session I - chair: Josefina Formanova

11:00 – 11:30 Steve Battle, Understanding learning strategy as conversation

11:30-45: Discussion

11:45-12:15 Giusy Gallo, Claudia Stancati, Persons, robots and responsibility. How an electronic personality matters

12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Session II – chair Claudia Stancati

1:30-2:00  Jakub Mácha, Does the brain encode information?

2:00-2:15 Discussion

2:15 – 2:45 Raffaela Giovagnoli, Josefina Formanova, Autonomy and social attitudes

2:45-3:00 Discussion

3:00-3:30 Tea

Session III, chair: Josefina Formanova

3:30-4:00 Michael Straeubig, Let the Machines out! Towards artificial social systems

4:00-4:15 Discussion

4:15-4:45 Mohammad Ali Rahebi, Artificial Life, Artificial Unconscious

4:45-5:00 Discussion

We now invite submissions to this one day Symposium, which aims at stimulating a lively discussion on the social dimension of knowledge, behavior and ontology by crossing Philosophy, and AI. We welcome contributions on the following topics (but not exclusively):

I. Strategies for analyzing the problem of the relationship between language, society and AI: 

Searle presented an interesting theory of representation based on the mind’s capacities to represent objects and to the linguistic capacities to extend the representation to social entities. Brandom introduces compelling notion of representation in social terms and explores the differences between human and artificial mind. 

Moreover, we would like to focus on the issues of the embodiment and embodied cognition (Clark) and the role of social and bodily dimension in linguistic meaning in AI perspectives (Cangelosi et al., Minski). Emotions play a fundamental epistemological role in the “unspoken dimension”. 

II. The later philosophy of Wittgenstein, classical pragmatism and contemporary analytic pragmatism provide fruitful conceptions of social practices as determining the conceptual content of our beliefs. Social epistemology stresses on their role in human cognition to motivate the overcome of classical individual epistemology. Several important notions related to social practices can be analyzed (social behavior, social norms, testimony, conceptions of truth and justification) and the relationship with AI.

McDowell and Davidson mention the role of the social within the process of acknowledgement. There are several examples of the bias between AI and human ability to react on various different problems, such as the problem of translation. Google translation generator is able to translate from one language to another only to certain extent. When it comes to larger textual corpus, Google ultimately fails to produce meaningful contents. What is it that human possesses and AI does not? Wittgenstein would perhaps call it a form of life, a social dimension. If human cognition is preconditioned by this social dimension, what this social dimension is? How does AI intelligence respond to these social precondition of human knowledge; or how is the absence of social aspect limiting for AI? 

III. Interactions on social media such as Twitter or comment sections differ from “natural” dialogues in ways which present challenges for theories of discourse, dialogue and argumentation such as RST, SDRT or models influenced by Traum, Cohen & Levesque, Walton & Krabbe and others; as well as philosophical (Brandom, Habermas) semiotic (Eco) and linguistic (Crystal, Spilioti) approaches. 

On the one hand, participation in online dialogue is typically fluid; interlocutors can join or leave a conversation without formality, it is problematic to assign distinct roles such as “addressee” or “overhearer” or 2nd vs 3rd person, participants may be unknown to each other and have only sparse models of each others’ backgrounds and beliefs. On the other, there may be direct access to participants’ posting history from which can be extracted a (possibly partial and/or inconsistent) “commitment store” in the sense of Hamblin or Walton & Krabbe

Important Dates

Submissions can be full papers up to eight pages, or extended abstracts of two to four pages to be sent to Raffaela Giovagnoli (giovagnoli@pul.it) by 15th January 2017.

Please use templates from the AISB website:


Submissions may be typeset using MS Word (or equivalent) or LaTeX. Notification of acceptance: 15th February 2017.

Final papers submission to Symposium organizers by 10th March 2017.


Raffaela Giovagnoli, Pontificia Università Lateranense

Claudia Stancati, Department of Humanities, University of Calabria, Italy

Giusy Gallo, Department of Humanities, University of Calabria, Italy

David Moffat, (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Josefina Formanova, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic

For further informations, please contact: Raffaela Giovagnoli (giovagnoli@pul.it)