Workshop: Varieties of norms

On the 13th of June in 2024, IAS-research is organizing the workshop Varieties of norms.
It lasts from 09.30 – 19.30 with dinner afterwards.
It takes place at the Sala de Juntas, Facultad de Educación, Filosofía y Antropología (HEFA-I), UPV/EHU.
If you plan to attend, please send a quick message to Mirko ( to confirm

For a long time, philosophers have regarded normative phenomena as belonging chiefly to the social and moral dimension of human thought and action. Today, however, different conceptions of norms and normativity play an increasingly important explanatory role in many disciplines, ranging from cognitive science and biology to comparative psychology and psychiatry. Against the background of recent developments in these fields, the aim of this workshop is to explore the variety in these different conceptions of norms as well as the continuity between them. In which sense are the relevant norms to be understood? Why is recognising their normativity important to explaining certain phenomena? What are the benefits and downsides of acknowledging a variety of different kinds of norms? Is there any fundamental principle underlying the diversity of norms?

Miguel Segundo-Ortín, University of Murcia
Laura Mojica, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Ezequiel Di Paolo, Ikerbasque / University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Matthew Egbert, University of Auckland
Tiago Rama, University of the Republic of Uruguay (Udelar)
Enara Garcia, University of Granada

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Welcome
10:00 – 11:00 Miguel Segundo-Ortín
11:00 – 12:00 Laura Mojica
12:00 – 12:30 Coffee Break
12:30 – 13:30 Ezequiel Di Paolo
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 Matthew Egbert
16:00 – 17:00 Tiago Rama
17:00 – 18:30 Coffee Break
18:30 – 19:30 Enara Garcia
20:30 Dinner

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About tvanes

Thomas van Es is a philosopher of cognitive science at the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society at the University of the Basque Country in Donostia, Spain, and the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. His current work focuses on enaction and dialectics. He has also published on science, autism, and the connection between enaction and the free energy principle and predictive processing.