Undergraduate Rationality Research Group Launch

Страна: Великобритания

Город: Bristol

Тезисы до: 31.07.2015

Даты: 17.09.15 — 18.09.15

Область наук: Философские;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: urrg.2015@gmail.com

Организаторы: University of Bristol, Department of Philosophy


The Undergraduate Rationality Research Group at Bristol University would like to invite undergraduate and masters students to submit papers for their launch conference in September of this year.

The launch conference will take place over two days at the University of Bristol on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th of September, and will provide an opportunity for undergraduate students from a range of disciplines to come together to discuss the issues surrounding the topic of Rationality

Abstracts should be between 250-500 words and should concern some aspect of Rationality, including (but not limited to) the cognitive science of decision making, rationality in meta-ethics, formalisations of rationality in logic and probability theory, and meta-philosophical considerations concerning the role of rationality in philosophical argumentation (see below for more detailed suggestions).

Note that all submissions will be blind reviewed by the URRG committee and the departmental liaison. We are committed to equality of opportunity, and submissions will be evaluated purely on the basis of the quality of the work submitted.

The conference will be a two day event in which speakers will have approximately thirty minutes to present their arguments, followed by a further twenty to thirty minutes for questions and discussion. The talks will be interspersed with time for discussion over coffee and lunch (both provided) along with a post-conference dinner and drinks. Our hope is to put together a self-published mini-journal after the conference, containing the work of the speakers and of University of Bristol students.

Topic Guidelines

Topics can be in any area of Rationality and Rational Choice. This might be in some area of meta-ethics, or a mathematical account of probability theory. It might even be an application of an account of rationality to some particular problem elsewhere in philosophy. We welcome all submissions.

Suggested Areas:

-          Rationality as a Norm

-          Rationality in Ethics

-          Kantian Ethics

-          Epistemic Rationality

-          Deductive Rationality and Logic

-          Decision Theory

-          Probability Theory

-          Mental Disorder and Irrationality

-          Rationality in Art and Literature

-          The Science and Psychology of Rationality

-          Rational Agents in Economics

-          Social Applications of Rational Concepts

-          The Evolution of Rationality

Example Questions:

-          To what extent can economists posit rationality of agents in their models?

-          Is true altruism possible if all agents are evolutionarily rational?

-          If we use heuristics, are we rational?

-          What role does irrationality play in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment?

-          Given that many empirical studies show that agents act irrationally most of the time, does this tell us that we are irrational?

-          What does it mean to say that agents are rationally competent, and does the competence/performance distinction make sense in this context?

-          Can you be rational within a delusion?

-          What can neuroscience tell us about irrationality?

-          Is rationality a principle of success or are there degrees of rationality in accordance with how well non-ideal agents meet the constraints or norms?      

-          Can decision theory be a good model of rational decision making? Is it possible for us, as humans, to reason in this way?

-          Can these abstract concepts of rationality be reconciled with the cognitive process of reasoning? If not, then are we rational? Do we need a different model?

-          Is the notion of an ideally rational agent a useful one?

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