CfR, Workshop: The Cognitive and Ontological Dimensions of Naturalness, HHU Düsseldorf, May 22-23, 2023

This workshop brings together recent research on criteria of naturalness of concepts. A particular focus of the workshop are criteria explicated within the theory of conceptual spaces. Such criteria rely on a cognitive notion of naturalness, whereas contemporary analytic metaphysicians tend to be more interested in the structure of external reality. This raises the question of the relationship between the cognitive and ontological dimensions of naturalness, i.e., the main theme of the workshop.

The workshop will be held in a hybrid format, meaning online participation is possible.


Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University)

*Plenary Speakers*

Lina Bedifallah (KU Leuven)

Verónica Gómez Sánchez (New York University)

James Hampton (City, University of London)

Siegfried Jaag (HHU Düsseldorf) & Christian Löw (Umeå University)

Catherine Kendig (Michigan State University)

Matías Osta-Vélez (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Sebastian Scholz (HHU Düsseldorf)

Corina Strößner (Birkbeck, University of London)

Paul Thorn (HHU Düsseldorf) & Gerhard Schurz (HHU Düsseldorf)

Gottfried Vosgerau (HHU Düsseldorf)

*Time and Location*

May 22-23, 2023

Haus der Universität

Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf


Sebastian Scholz

Jan Michel

Gerhard Schurz

Gottfried Vosgerau


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