Mental Representation – Naturalistic Approaches - 2 day conference 20th & 21st May 2016

Tuesday 2 February 2016

What is the nature of representational content? Can a naturalistic theory or account be given of the content of mental representations? This conference will take stock of the new wave of work on that issue. There will be a particular focus on some of the simpler systems whose operation has been well-characterised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics to be addressed include:

- What role if any do functions play in fixing representational content?

- How should such functions be characterised?

- What is the role of ‘exploitable relations’ in fixing content?

- What makes something a cognitive map?

- What is it for an organism or system to make use of a cognitive map?

Confirmed speakers :Marc Artiga, Rosa Cao, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Kate Jeffrey, Nikolaus Kriegskorte, Manolo Martinez, Jesse Prinz, Michael Rescorla

Date: Fri 20th and Sat 21st May 2016

Venue : Room 349 (3rd floor) Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


The registration fee, including tea/coffee and lunch on both days, is £40 (£20 students / unwaged). Those wishing to attend must register by Wednesday 18th May, although registration may close earlier if capacity is reached before then. A £10 discount is available to those registering by 31st March.

For card payments please complete the online registration form here (clickable)

For cheque payments this form should be returned by post, along with the cheque to: Institute Administrator, Institute of Philosophy, Senate House, Malet Street, LONDON WC1E 7HU

Please direct enquiries in the first instance via this link

The conference is part of the project ‘Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and of the Institute of Philosophy, is gratefully acknowledged. Further information about the project can be found at: