December 1st 
9:15- Nicholas Shea (Institute of Philosophy)

 “Content From Directly Explanatory Correlational Information”

10:30- Peter Schulte (Universität Bielefeld)
 “Perceiving the World Outside: How to Solve the Distality Problem for Informational Teleosemantics”

 11:45 Coffee Break

12:15 Patrick Butlin (University of Antwerp & Hertford College, Oxford)

 “The Explanatory Significance of Representation: Burge, Rescorla and Schulte on Teleosemantics”

13:30 Lunch

15:30 Rosa Cao (Stanford University)


20:00 Dinner

December 2nd

9:15 Cailin O’Connor (University of California)

 “Games and Kinds”

10:30 Stephen Mann (Australian National University)

 “Natural information and naturalistic intentionality”

11:45 Coffee Break

12:15 Ulrich Stegmann (University of Aberdeen)

 “Animal signals, acquisition conditions and the explanation of behaviour”

13:30 Lunch

 15:15 Amir Horowitz (Open University of Israel)

 “On the very idea of a (natural) intentional relation”

 15:15 David Danks (Carnegie Mellon University)

 “From Brain Circuits to Bridging”

There is no registration fee but, if you are planning to attend, please let us know.


Manolo Martinez & Marc Artiga

Workshop: “The Natural and the Normative” with Karen Neander (Duke University)

from Friday, 5 July 2013 to Saturday, 6 July 2013 University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Workshop with Karen Neander (Duke University)

“The Natural and the Normative”

Friday, 5th of July, 09:30 – 18:30 and Saturday, 6th of July, 09:00 – 18:00
University of Fribourg, Miséricorde, Salle Jäggi (MIS04 4112)

Organizer: Prof. Markus Wild, Rebekka Hufendiek, Pietro Snider


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Friday, 5.6.2013, Salle Jaeggi (room 4112)

09:30-10:00 Karen Neander

10:00-11:00 Stephan Schmid (Berlin)
Brentano’s Problem

11:15-12:15 Lena Kästner (Bochum)
Locating Content in Science

14:00-15:00 Raphael Scholl (Bern)
The (SE) Functional Analysis

15:00-16:00 Norman Hammel (Gießen)
The Origins of Content

15:30-17:30 Rebekka Hufendiek (Fribourg)
Norms of Nature

17:30-18:30 Christian Steiner (Zürich) & André Wunder (Zürich)
Functions Update

Saturday, 6.7.2013, Salle Jaeggi (room 4112)

09:00-10:00 Pietro Snider (Fribourg)
Simple Minds

10:15-11:15 Tobias Huber (Basel)
Response Functions

11:15-12:15 Fabian Hundertmark (Bielefeld)
Content Determinacy Challenges

13:30-14:30 Peter Schulte (Bielefeld)
Content Determinacy Challenges

14:30-15:30 Marc Artiga (Barcelona)
Inner Analogs

16:00-17:00 Markus Wild (Fribourg)
Becoming Abstracted

17:00-18:00 Ulrike Pompe-Alama (Stuttgart)
Concepts and Conceptions


Contents of Karen Neander’s Book

1. Brentano’s Problem (introduces the traditional philosophical problem of intentionality and gives an overview of what is to come)

2. Locating Content in Science (introduces the related problem concerning representation in philosophy of science, using as an example some research into a visual deficit)

3. The (SE) Functional Analysis (aims to explain the role of the ‘normative’ and teleonomic functions in operational explanations in physiology)

4. The Origins of Content (argues that mental content arises as a theoretical entity in science in talk about information processing/carrying functions)

5. Norms of Nature (argues that psychosemantic norms are not genuinely prescriptive and so it is not a problem if functional norms are not genuinely prescriptive)

6. Functions Update (summarizes and updates my view on functions)

7. Simple Minds (closely based on my “Content for Cognitive Science”, concerns toads and argues for stimulus-based rather than benefit-based visual contents)

8. Response Functions (argues that there can be functions to respond to something and that there can be information carrying functions on a causal construal of information)

9. The Content Determinacy Challenges (explains how a causal version of teleosemantics meets the various content determinacy challenges)

10. Inner Analogs (makes room for a role for 2nd-order similarity in the content determining conditions for perceptual representations)

11. Becoming Abstracted (discusses strategies for meeting Berkeley’s problem of abstraction)

12. Concepts and Conceptions (discusses the relation between referential/intentional content and intensional content).

Organiser(s):Prof. Markus Wild, Rebekka Hufendiek, Pietro Snider


Another paper: I have just finished a draft of a paper on Teleosemantics and Conditionals. It is a written-up version of a presentation I gave at the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. The main purpose of the paper is first to develop clearly the problem of conditionals for Millikan’s theory, second to show why existing approaches to conditional semantics face serious challenges from a teleosemantic perspective, and finally to offer an account of the function of conditionals that meets the requirements of Millikan’s theory. In the end we end up not only with a solution to a standing problem for teleosemantics, but also with a novel avenue for research in conditional semantics.

I would very much appreciate any comments!

I have just finished a first draft of a paper on Pushmi-Pullyu representations. Here is the abstract:

One of the main tenets of current Teleosemantic theories is that simple representations are Pushmi-pullyu states, i.e they carry descriptive and imperative content at the same time. In this paper, I argue that Teleosemantics can not warrant imperative content to simple representations and hence, that there are no such things as Pushmi-pullyu representations. In the last part of the paper, I address some concerns that such a position may raise.

Any comment, suggestion, question, etc. will be very welcome!!

Workshop on Teleological Theories of Mental Content

Monday, April 20, 2010

10:30-12:00 Manolo Martinez: “Norm Triplism –The Common structure
12:00-12:15 Coffee Break
12:15-13:45 Miguel Ángel  Sebastián:  “I feel _!! A Non-Etiological Naturalistic Theory of the Content of Experience”
15:00-17:00 Marc Artiga: “Teleosemantics, Perception and Concepts”
Departament de Lògica, Història i Filosofia de la Ciència
Universitat de Barcelona
Montalegre, 6-8, 4ª planta.
08001 Barcelona