Date & Place: 6th & 7th of July 2017, Essen (Germany)

Description of the workshop topic:
Knowing how cause and effect are related, knowing how an instrument works, knowing how pain feels, and knowing how to ride a bike – All these are cases of knowing how. But how are they related and what connects them? The workshop “The varieties of knowing how” will take place on July 6 & 7, 2017 in Essen, Germany. Taking into account not only perspectives from epistemology, but also perspectives from philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of mind, the workshop has two aims: (I) to explore the varieties of knowing how with an eye on the question of whether they share a common core, and (II) to shed light on the connection between knowing how and knowing why.

Confirmed speakers:
Berit Brogaard (Miami University)
Stephen Grimm (Fordham University & Cambridge University)
Insa Lawler (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Alfred Nordmann (TU Darmstadt)

Insa Lawler & Raphael van Riel (VolkswagenStiftung research project “A study in explanatory power”, University of Duisburg-Essen)

Information for submitting a paper:
Four slots are reserved for submitted papers (up to 40 minutes talk, no less than 20 minutes discussion). We are especially (but not exclusively) interested in papers concerning:
• perspectives from philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology and philosophy of science
• general accounts of knowing how

Financial support: Partial travel grants will be available for speakers selected from the call for papers.

Deadline: Submissions are due by February 19, 2017, consist of a short abstract of up to 300 words and an extended anonymous abstract of up to 1500 words (PDF) and shall be uploaded here: Results will be communicated to the authors by mid-March 2017.

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