[lit-ideas] Fwd: Prague colloquium 08

  • From: wokshevs@xxxxxx
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  • Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 15:26:29 -0230

Something very odd about this kind of inquiry. If Kant was right about the
principle of the "spontaneity of reason" as a necessary presupposition of all
inquiry and argumentation - i.e., our intellectual and moral capacities must be
free from external determination for inquiry or argument to be possible - then
isn't the kind of "modeling of belief and action" being pursued in the studies
below doomed to failure? 

Also, if such models ARE valid in some sense, then wouldn't they also include
their scope the activities of modeling itself? And if so, doesn't this
reflexivity serve to impugn the truth or accuracy or validity of these models'
results? ("It has been shown that 74.6753% of all statistical findings are
either wrong or misleading or damn lies or at least 2 or all 3 of the above.")

Important questions about the meaning of "cognitive change" both
and educationally, I believe. 

Walter C. Okshevsky
Department of Probabilistic Morality and Human Agency
Odessa Institute of Human Engineering
Odessa, Russia

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    Date: Tue, 06 May 2008 22:35:25 +0200
    From: Franz Huber <Franz.Huber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Franz Huber <Franz.Huber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
 Subject: Prague colloquium 08
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Logic of change, change of logic

Villa Lanna, Prague, 10-14 September 2008.

Tools from logic and mathematics have played a central role in models
of human beliefs, of human desires and preferences and indeed the
actions which are based on them. However, beliefs, preferences and
perhaps even desires change. Thus the development, which has been
greatly accelerated in recent times, of extensions of the logical and
mathematical techniques to account for the problems of change. However,
as different paradigms (AGM theory and dynamic logic in the 'logic'
camp, Bayesian update and Jeffrey conditionalisation in the probability
camp, to take just a few examples of theories of belief change) jostle
to impose themselves, it is perhaps the moment to take a step back and
ask: what do we want from a theory of change?

This question.as philosophical and methodological as it is technical.is
at the heart of this colloquium / workshop. The aim is to bring
together specialists working on the problem of attitude change, from a
wide range of paradigms, to present and discuss their views on the
objectives of theories of change. The ambition is to identify the main
issues for theories of change, and clarify the major positions one
could hold concerning the project of understanding or modelling
attitude change.

Philosophical and methodological contributions, and technical
contributions with methodological or philosophical reflections are

Authors of selected papers presented at the conference will be invited
to submit to a special issue of the journal Knowledge, Rationality, and
Action (Synthese).

Invited speakers (list to be finalised):

Alexandru Baltag (University of Oxford, UK)
Richard Bradley (LSE, UK)
Sven Ove Hanssen (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
David Makinson (LSE, UK)
Hans Rott (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam, Holland & Stanford
University, USA)
Hans van Ditmarsch (University of Otago, New Zealand & IRIT, France)

Submission information:


Submissions of abstracts of not more than 1000 words should be made
online, in PDF format, at

Please, note that you have to create an easychair-account before
submitting your paper. Submissions will be peer-reviewed, and thus
should be prepared for blind review.

For further information:
The conference website: www.flu.cas.cz/colloquium
The conference mail: colloquium@xxxxxxxxxx

Programme committee:

Alexandru Baltag, Richard Bradley, Sven Ove Hanssen, Brian Hill,
David Makinson, Ondrej Majer, Hans van Ditmarsch

Organising committee:

Brian Hill, Ondrej Majer, Michal Peli¹

Franz Huber


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