ENCODE workshop: Logic and Deliberation

Tuesday 26 Oct 2021, 10:30 - Wednesday 27 Oct 2021, 17:00
TBA (on campus)
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In contemporary democratic theory and political science, the importance of deliberation is stressed over and again. But what exactly is deliberation, and what exactly can we expect from it?

In contemporary democratic theory and political science, the importance of deliberation is stressed over and again. But what exactly is deliberation, and what can we expect from it?

From an abstract perspective, group deliberation is a multi-agent process that involves two types of dynamics running in parallel. At the social level, there is the public exchange of beliefs, arguments, preferences and values that are supposedly relevant to a given decision. At the individual level, there is the revision of each participant’s personal attitudes, induced by and further inducing such exchanges, and the (often defeasible, non-monotonic) reasoning processes guiding such revision. Thus conceived, a plethora of formal methods from philosophical logic – broadly speaking – are relevant to the study of deliberation as a democratic ideal: i.a. the theory of rational belief revision; dynamic epistemic logic and logics of information dynamics more generally; non-monotonic (modal) logic; deontic logic (dealing with preferences, values, and their interaction with other information).

In this workshop we welcome all presentations on original contributions in philosophical logic and formal philosophy more generally that are relevant for the study of deliberative, multi-agent decision processes and procedures.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Natacha Alechina (Dept. of Information and Computing Sciences, University of Utrecht)
  • Zoé Christoff (Bernouilli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen)
  • Dominik Klein (Dept. of Philosophy, University of Utrecht)
  • Hannes Leitgeb (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).

Practical information:

See this page for the programme and abstracts of talks. The majority of invited and contributed talks take place on campus, but a few talks will be given via Zoom and participation via Zoom is also enabled.

Registration: In case you would like to participate, please send an email to Bronagh Dunne. Mind that the number of places available for on campus participation is limited; these will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Upon registration, you will receive the zoom link and all practical information regarding the workshop.

Registration for on campus participation is closed on Wednesday, October 20th, 23h55 CEST. Registration for online participation closes on Monday, October 25th, 12h00 CEST.

Location and times:

26/10: 10:30 - 17:00, Polak Y3-14

27/10: 10:00 - 17:00, Polak Y1-15

Funding & organization:

The ENCODE workshops are organized bi-annually at the EIPE/ESPhil (Erasmus University of Rotterdam). We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) through VIDI project no. VI.Vidi.191.105.

This workshop is also the first event co-organized by the OZSW study group on Social Choice and Group Dynamics -- please contact us at vandeputte@esphil.eur.nl if you want to register for this study group.

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