Dynamic Being (SICO2012)

Venue: Hall 1, Sofia University

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Event Date/Time: Jun 21, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 24, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 30, 2012
Early Registration Date: Apr 01, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2012
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The aim: The aim of the conference is to explore some outstanding contemporary trends in ontology, especially those connected with the contemporary results in dynamic ontology. Particularly important will be analytic and continental perspectives on dynamic ontology; dynamic approaches to mind, language and cognition; and formal aspects of processes.

Topics: The idea and the aim of the conference suggest three main overlapping topics:
1. Contemporary results in dynamic ontology.
One of the most important characteristics of the present day ontological investigations is the growing interest in, and emphasis on, the dynamic aspects of being and on the processuality of being itself. A deeper understanding of dynamics is relevant not only for the main philosophical trends of analytic and continental philosophy, but also for recent developments in process philosophy that attempt to overcome at least some of the conflicts between both traditions. Possibilities of contemporary computer technologies will be discussed for the development of dynamic ontologies in a wide sphere of applied areas, including mind, language and cognition. The present subtopic will be focused on these new tendencies in the ontological research and on the comparison of these tendencies with traditional ontological investigations.

2. Dynamic approaches to Mind, Language, and Cognition.
Contemporary theories of mind and knowledge emphasize the importance of the interaction between mind and world in explaining the nature of mind or knowledge. Embodied cognition, relational conceptions of perceptual experience and knowledge in general, as well as ecological rationality, are some of the relevant conceptions. Other philosophers are more interested in dynamic phenomena described by science, such as the theory of evolution and cognitive development. The present subtopic aims at revealing useful commonalities between such kinds of theories.

3. Formal aspects of processes.
Recently we have experienced a dynamic turn in our understanding of logic and knowledge. Now they are predominantly conceptualized in processual terms and the exploration of their patterns of change gave us significant new insights in their respective theoretical fields and proper understanding of their social aspects. These trends can be seen as complementary to the current approaches in dynamic ontology.