Philosophy of Cognition

NeuroExp 2023 - Berlin Workshop on Neuroscientific Explanation 2023

!!! Due to the recent terrible events in Israel, our Israeli guests are unfortunately unable to attend. Galia Avidan has to cancel her talk completely. Nir Fresco will give an online lecture. The talk by Ori Hacohen & Gal Vishne has to be cancelled as well. Further programme changes are possible. !!!


Date: 12th – 13th Oct. 2023

Venue: TU Berlin (main building), Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Room H 2051

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Galia Avidan (Department of Psychology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Nir Fresco (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Friedemann Pulvermüller (Brain Language Laboratory, FU Berlin)
  • Peter Schulte (Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Zürich)

Philosophical interest in neuroscientific explanation and the role played by mechanistic models, computational models and models positing representational contents has surged in the last couple of decades.
At the same time, alternative accounts of neuroscientific explanation emphasising dynamical models and non-causal/non-mechanistic explanatory practices have gained prominence in the philosophical literature.

The aim of this workshop is to

  • examine how these different kinds of explanation gain explanatory import in neuroscience,
  • gauge the contribution they each make to neuroscientific understanding,
  • examine the extent to which they are used complementarily in explanatory practice, and
  • bring together philosophers and neuroscientists interested in the theory and practice of neuroscientific explanation.

See the program booklet here (Updated 9th October 2023).

Organizer: Matej Kohár

Organization support: Beate Krickel, Susanne Clark