Workshop: Origins of Logical Reasoning

Origins of Logical Reasoning Workshop ProgramWorkshop: Origins of Logical Reasoning

York University, Toronto

May 5–6, 2016


The ability to reason logically is central to most philosophical conceptions of human thought. But are humans the only ones capable of logical reasoning? What are the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origins of logical reasoning? And how do the answers to these questions bear on our philosophical understanding of human thought? This workshop aims to advance our understanding of these issues by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to discuss their approaches and findings.

Josep Call (University of St. Andrews)
Title: "Avoiding the empty cup: Is there anything more to apes' inferential reasoning?”

Susan Carey (Harvard University)
Title: “Does Prelinguistic Thought Include Symbols for the Abstract Relations Same and Different?”

Hayley Clatterbuck (University of Rochester)
Title: “The Representational Requirements for Logical Thought”

Roman Feiman (Harvard University) & Shilpa Mody (Harvard University)
Title: “The developmental origins of truth-functional negation”

Christopher Peacocke (Columbia University)
Title: "What is Logical Inference?"

Michael Rescorla (University of California at Santa Barbara)
Title: “Logic, Probability, and Exclusion Transitions”

Kristin Andrews (York University)
Jacob Beck (York University)

Registration Details:
Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, email by April 25th with your name and affiliation.

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This event is generously supported by York University's Department of Philosophy, Cognitive Science Program, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation.