1st-5th September 2007

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland


The prospective key speakers are:

  • Don Favareau (National University of Singapore)
  • Maria Frapolli (University of Granada)
  • Stevan Harnad (University of Quebec at Montreal and University of Southampton)
  • Hilary Kornblith (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Ulrich Krohs (University of Hamburg)


Image The second half of the 20th Century has witnessed the rapid growth of an approach to epistemology that gives up on the idea of a first philosophy and argues for a close partnership with sciences such as biology, psychology, cognitive science, information theory and computing. As a result of the cross-pollination of ideas, naturalised epistemology has come to include a great richness of methodologies and approaches.

While the workshop is focussed upon naturalised epistemology it is open to discussions of naturalism in general and past papers have discussed naturalised approaches to the philosophies of science, language, mind, logic and law. This year we’re focussing upon approaches based on research into artificial cognitive systems or comparing artificial and natural systems.

The workshop brings together a number of leading experts with post-graduates and researchers. Over the five days, the speakers lead discussions that focus on issues dealing arising out of their work and dealing with naturalised epistemology.

A special stress will be on the relationship of naturalised epistemology and research on artificial cognitive systems in such areas as:

  • concepts of functions in artifacts and natural systems (Ulrich Krohs)
  • referring to artifacts (Hilary Kornblith)
  • semiotic abilities of machines and living systems (Donald Favareau)
  • problems of categorisation, sensorimotor bases of symbols, and symbol grounding in artificial intelligence (Stevan Harnad)
  • mental states of non-human agents and internalism/externalism debate in research on cognitive systems (Hilary Kornblith), and
  • naturalising logical knowledge for agents (Maria Frappoli).


This is the third KNEW that has been organised. The previous meetings (2005 and 2006) included talks by Mark Bickhard, Michael Bishop, Werner Callebaut, John Collier, Andrzej Klawiter, Jonathan Knowles, Huw Price, Bjorn Ramberg and Franz Wuketits.

KNEW’07 is being organised by Marcin Milkowski (PAN, CPR) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (KLI, UMCS, CPR). This workshop is partly founded by the euCognition network (



We invite submissions (by short abstract) of papers in naturalised epistemology and related areas. Papers related to the work presented by the invited speakers and artificial cognitive systems will be given preference. Contributed papers will have a total of half an hour presentation plus discussion time.

Submission (in PDF, DOC or RTF) dead-line: June 30th, 2007

Notification of acceptance: July 7th, 2007


The workshop is mostly aimed at postgraduate students and junior researchers. Applications should include an application form (from the website) and should either be sent by e-mail (entitled 'KNEW Application’) to or posted to:


Konrad Talmont-Kaminski Philosophy and Sociology Faculty
Marie Curie-Sklodowska University
Plac MCS 4
20-031 Lublin

Application dead-line (for those not wishing to present a paper): July 14th, 2007 Notification of acceptance: July 20th, 2007

Registration fee: 100 EUR (payable upon acceptance).

Reduced rate: 50 EUR.

The registration fee includes:

  • all workshop sessions
  • conference materials
  • lunches
  • coffee breaks
  • minibus to and from Warsaw

Conference participants have the choice of staying at the workshop venue or organising their own accommodation. Accommodation at the venue costs 85 EUR and includes breakfasts for the length of the conference.


Tourist visas are required for those coming from outside of the European Union or the US.

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