Call for Papers

Neural Mechanisms Web Conference

New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience

October 5th, 10 – 18 (Greenwich Mean Time)

* Extended until July 20th *

* the call for paper is now closed. The results will be delivered as soon as possible *


In recent years, cognitive neuroscience has made several leaps forward: new discoveries have been made (e.g. the resting state networks or the increased scope of neural plasticity), prompting new questions; new techniques have been invented (e.g. multivariate techniques and network analyses), which, while overcoming some of the shortcomings of old techniques, are faced with new problems and limits; new intriguing theories have been proposed (e.g. Tononi’s integrated information theory of consciousness, or Friston’s theory of free energy minimisation). Just as neuroscientists are faced with this ‘brave new world’, philosophy of neuroscience is also called to address the theoretical aspects of these new problems and opportunities.

We invite submissions of papers concerning all aspects of the philosophy of neuroscience, including (but not limited to):

  • epistemological assessment of the new techniques;
  • the relation between neuroscience and psychology;
  • mechanistic versus non-mechanistic explanations in neuroscience;
  • cognitive ontology;
  • neural reuse, neural plasticity and their implications;
  • neural computations;
  • neural bases of high-order cognitive functions;
  • neural bases of perception.

Full papers should be submitted to by 8th 20th July 2018. A selection of accepted papers will be invited for publication in an edited volume following the conference.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri – St. Louis)
  • Hong Yu Wong (University of Tübingen)

Organizing commitee:

  • The Neural Mechanisms Online Team (Fabrizio Calzavarini & Marco Viola)

Scientific commitee:

  • Michael Anderson
  • Daniel Burnston
  • Joe Dewhurst
  • Matteo Grasso
  • Lena Kästner
  • Colin Klein
  • Daniel Kostic
  • Edouard Machery
  • Charles Rathkopf
  • Alfredo Vernazzani


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):


Q: How long should the paper be?

A: We would prefer papers between 2000 and 8000 words, but there is no hard limit.


Q: Can I revise my paper after the webconference, but before the publication?

A: Yes, you can. And you probably will have to: hopefully, both the revision and the discussion at the conference will help you improving it.


Q: Can I submit some empirical work in neuroscience?

A: If by empirical work you mean empirically-informed, then of course: they are warmly welcome. However, please notice that this is a conference on philosophy, not on neuroscience.


Q: … so you mean that neuroscientists cannot participate?

A: Not at all: they are warmly welcome, provided that their paper is about theoretical/epistemological issues, rather than about empirical details. Indeed, some neuroscientists make great philosophical points (think about Poldrack on cognitive ontology, or Dehane/Tononi on consciousness, to name but a few).


Q: Can I send multiple papers?

A: Yes, you can. However, you can only present a single one at the webconference. You can, however, feature as a co-author for as many papers as you wish.


Q: Will you record the webconference, just as you did with the webinar sessions?

A: Yes, we will. Barring any inconvenience, if the speaker give her consent we would like to put all the talks on our YouTube channel.


If you have other questions, please ask us: send a mail to