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:: Calls :: The II FINO/SIFA Graduate Conference in Mind, Language and Science “Between natural, social, and artificial kinds” will be held on June 30 and July 1 at the University of Genoa. Speakers include David Papineau (King’s College London). Extended deadline for papers: April 15 


To say that a science theorizes about kinds that are natural, instead of social or artificial, is to say that they correspond to elements that reflect the real structure of the world, not merely human actions, interests, and values. These topics are among the most debated in contemporary philosophy as they raise many contentious issues, which involve the nature and semantics of concepts such as species, gender, race, disease, and so on, and also have pivotal implications both for ethics and the various sciences.

Topics of interest include bur are not limited to:
– The metaphysics of natural, social, and artificial kinds
– The epistemology of natural, social, and artificial kinds
– The semantics of natural, social, and artificial kind terms
– Taxonomies in the special sciences (chemistry, biology, medicine, psychology, social sciences, etc.)
– Alleged natural kind concepts (species, gender, race, disease, concept, emotion, etc.)

Keynote speakers:

John Dupré (University of Exeter)

David Papineau (King’s College, London)

Emma Tobin (University College London)

Call for Papers

With the aim of including as many contributions as possible, the conference will be structured around plenary sessions with keynote speakers and the contributed papers selected by double blind review. The contributed papers should last around 45 minutes (presentation + discussion). The language of the conference is English.

Abstracts of about 6,000 characters (roughly 1000 words) are invited on the topics of natural, social, and artificial kinds broadly understood. The abstracts, prepared for blind refereeing, should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair submission page at:


Acceptances will be notified by May 10th, 2016.

Accepted abstracts will be available at the conference in booklet form and also available online before the conference. Selected full papers out of the conference may be published in the proceedings.

For further information, please contact: graduateconferencefinosifa16@gmail.com

or visit the website at: http://filosofia.dafist.unige.it/?p=1611