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
Enara Garcia, University of Granada
Ezequiel Di Paolo, Ikerbasque / University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Laura Mojica, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Tiago Rama, University of the Republic of Uruguay (Udelar)
Matthew Egbert, Te Ao Mārama – Centre for Fundamental Inquiry, University of Auckland

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

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Xabier Barandiaran

About Xabier Barandiaran

I consider myself a situated and embodied philosopher, which means that I situate my philosophical practice in close interaction with scientific environments and embodied in the conceptual apparatus that emerges from this interplay. The sciences on which I feel embedded are those meeting in the multidisciplinary crossroad of cognitive sciences and artificial life: particularly the origins of agency, simulation of adaptive behaviour (evolutionary robotics and computational neuroethology), and large scale neuroscience.