TARK 2015

April 29, 2015

TARK 2015

Fifteenth Conference
Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge

June 4-6, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University


Mission and Scope.

The mission of the TARK conferences is to bring together researchers from a wide variety of fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Distributed Computing, Economics and Game Theory, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, in order to further our understanding of interdisciplinary issues involving reasoning about rationality and knowledge.

Topics of interest.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, semantic models for knowledge, belief, awareness and uncertainty, bounded rationality and resource-bounded reasoning, commonsense epistemic reasoning, epistemic logic, epistemic game theory, knowledge and action, applications of reasoning about knowledge and other mental states, belief revision, and foundations of multi-agent systems.

Invited Speakers.

Robin Clark, University of Pennsylvania
Simon Huttegger, University of California, Irvine
Sarit Kraus, Bar-Ilan University
Marciano Siniscalchi, Northwestern University

TARK 2015 will also feature a Tutorial on Causal Inference by:

Peter Spirtes, Carnegie Mellon University
Kun Zhang , Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Contributed Talks and Poster Presentations.

The list of accepted papers is now posted at the conference web page:


TARK Hotel Registration Deadline is May 3

The deadline for hotel registration at TARK rates is rapidly approaching. The deadline at the Hilton Garden Inn University place is May 3, EST. There are not so many hotels close to the venue, and we cannot guarantee that you will find a room after May 3, so it is strongly recommended to take a few minutes to register for TARK and book your hotel room now.

Please specify that you are booking your hotel room for the TARK conference, as the local organizers are financially responsible for rooms not booked by TARK attendees.

Hotel booking and TARK registration can all be done conveniently at:


We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Submitted by Kevin Kelly

Postdoc position: evaluating evidence in medicine

February 16, 2015

A new research project Evaluating evidence in medicine, has secured funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project will run for 3 years from 1st June 2015.

We are advertising for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the project. Find out more by searching for job reference HUM0604 here.

If you know of any strong prospective postdocs, please let them know about this opportunity!

Information, search, and causes – Workshop in Turin

January 28, 2015

Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition
University of Turin
via Sant’Ottavio 20, Turin (Italy)

6th February 2015

ex Sala Lauree Giurisprudenza
Palazzo Nuovo (ground floor)


Rational and cognitive approaches

PROGRAM (here to download)

9.15 – 10.15
Causal networks in evidential reasoning

10.15 – 11.00
Jonathan NELSON (MPI Berlin)
Late-breaking results on stepwise approaches to sequential search

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.15
Acting informatively: How people learn
causal structure through sequences of interventions

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00
Paul PEDERSEN (MPI Berlin)
Dilation, disintegrations, dominance principles, and delayed decisions

15.00 – 15.45
Laura MARTIGNON (Ludwigsburg)
Probabilistic information measures in the classroom

15.45 – 16.30
Flavia FILIMON (Humboldt University Berlin)
Neural substrates of probabilistic perceptual decisions
based on experienced probabilities vs. descriptive statistics

Coffee break

17.00 – 17.45
Björn MEDER (MPI Berlin)
Information search and presentation formats

17.45 – 18.30
Vincenzo CRUPI (Turin)
Shannon and beyond: Generalized entropies
and rational information search


The Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition (LLC) of the University of Turin was established in 2014 as a joint initiative of the Departments of Philosophy and Education, Psychology, and Computer Science. The workshop arises from the activities of two ongoing research projects addressing related issues: priority program New Frameworks of Rationality, SPP 1516 (Deutsche Forshungsgemeinshaft, grant CR 409/1-2), and FIRB project Structures and Dynamics of Knowledge and Cognition (Italian Ministry of Scientific Research, Turin unit, D11J12000470001).

Postdoc Position at Regensburg w/ Hans Rott

January 8, 2015



The University of Regensburg is seeking applications for a

Postdoctoral Position in Philosophy

at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy. This full-time position (tariff TV-L 13) is intended to start from April 1, 2015, but a later starting date is also possible.

The position will be devoted to the topic “Reasoning with conditionals in a qualitative cognitive framework” and is part of a three-year project of the same title funded by the DFG. The text of the project proposal can be
downloaded at

The appointee will be expected to conduct philosophical research and participate in the organisation of the project. The ideal candidate:

  •  has completed or is about complete his or her PhD in philosophy or a related field,
  •  takes a keen interest in conditionals, and
  •  has not only a thorough education in logic and/or philosophy, but also substantial competences in the methods used in psychology or cognitive science.

The work program of the project may be adapted moderately to the candidate’s competences. A close co-operation with the DFG Special Priority Program “New Frameworks of Rationality” (SPP 1516) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is intended.

The University of Regensburg aims at raising the percentage of women among its academic personnel and particularly encourages female researchers to apply. Furthermore, given equal qualification, preference will be given to severely physically challenged individuals.

Applications (including a CV, a cover letter describing how the project fits the applicant’s academic history and research interests, certificates, a list of publications and of taught courses, and a writing sample) must be submitted either by email (preferred) or by ordinary mail to

Prof. Dr. Hans Rott
University of Regensburg
Department of Philosophy
93040 Regensburg
Email: hans.rott@ur.de

no later than February 8, 2015.

Additionally, the candidates are requested to have two confidential letters of reference sent directly to the address above (email preferred).

Contact for further inquiries: hans.rott@ur.de

New SEP Entry on Imprecise Probabilities

December 20, 2014

Seamus Bradley (MCMP) has a new Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Imprecise Probabilities.

Causal and probabilistic reasoning at MCMP

December 10, 2014


Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning

18-20 June, 2015, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

Idea and Motivation

2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the publications of Judea Pearl’s Causality and the second edition of Peter Spirtes, Clark Glymour, and Richard Scheines’ Causality, Prediction, and Search, which together are the foundations for the mathematical theory of causal modeling. During this period, the theory of causal Bayesian networks has been applied to a variety of topics in the special sciences, including the brain and cognitive sciences. This conference will focus on the applications of probabilistic and causal modeling in cognitive science, with an emphasis on assessing both the power and limitations of these tools in our understanding of cognition.
Topics of the conference will include, but are not be limited to:
  • Causal reasoning
  • Probabilistic reasoning
  • Models of bounded rationality
  • Probabilistic causal models in cognitive psychology
  • Models of Judgment and Decision Making
  • Learning and Decision Making
  • Group Decision Making
  • Social Norms and Networks
  • Foundations of Causal Bayesian Networks


Call for Abstracts

We invite submissions from philosophers, cognitive scientists, and computer scientists of both a short abstract (max. 100 words) and an extended abstract (of no more than 1500 words) through our automatic submission system by 1 February, 2015. To submit, please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and save your extended abstract as a PDF file. Then follow the link to our Conference System.
When logged in, go to the new submission page. Include your 100 words abstract and upload the PDF file of your extended abstract. You will be able to revise your submission any number of times before the deadline. Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions you may have.
The conference language is English.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Deadline for submission: February 1, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2015
  • Registration deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Conference: June 18-20, 2015

Steering Committee:

Program Committee:


Call For Papers: Epistemic Consequentialism at the University of Kent

December 9, 2014


Epistemic Consequentialism: Problems and Prospects

25-26 June 2015 • University of Kent, Canterbury

Keynote Speakers

Julia Driver (WUSTL)

James Joyce (Michigan)

Ralph Wedgwood (USC)

Jon Williamson (Kent)

Call for Papers

Contributors are invited to submit extended abstracts (no more than one page) on the topic of consequentialist or teleological approaches to epistemology. Papers in both formal and traditional epistemology are welcome.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2015

Submit abstract in PDF format to econs2015@gmail.com. Please remove identifying information from the abstract to allow for anonymous review. However, include identifying information in the email. The paper on which the abstract is based should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.

Initial review of abstracts will be done anonymously. The final program will be selected with an eye to maintaining diversity. Graduate students, people outside the tenure track, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are thus especially encouraged to contribute.

Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

If you are interested in commenting on a paper, please note that in your email. There will not be financial support for commenters, although your home institution may offer financial support for this kind of participation.

Conference Organizers

The conference is organized by Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij (Kent), and made possible by funds from the Leverhulme Trust, the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH), and DePauw University.


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