Please find below a list of some of the activities (talks, seminars, workshops, etc.) carried out at our center during the last seven years.
- July 16, IAS-Research Talk by Miguel A. Sepúlveda-Pedro (Université de Montréal): Opening the ecological dimension of the enactive approach: Umwelt, normativity, and form
- July 9-10, Workshop – Enaction and Ecological Psychology: Overlaps, Tensions, Complementarities
- July 2, IAS-Research talk by Maria Jimena Clavel (University of St. Andrews): Embodying imagination
- 6-7 June 2019: IV SLMFCE Postgraduate Conference
- 9-10 May 2019: Ninth Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences Research Workshop (PBCS 9)
- April 9, IAS-Research Talk by Iñigo Arandia (UPV/EHU): Epistemic entanglement in the macroscopic world
January – March 2019
- February 19, IAS-Research Talk by Iñaki San Pedro (UPV/EHU): Degrees of Epistemic Opacity
- February 12, IAS-Research Talk by Jean-Francois Moreau (University Hospital of Bordeaux): Aging as a metaphor of the importance of spatial organization in multicellular organisms
- January 22, IAS-Research Seminar by Miguel Escribano (UPV/EHU): “G.W. Leibniz y el problema del origen de los cuerpos orgánicos. Educción y performacionismo.”
October – December 2018
- December 18, IAS-Research Talk by Charles Wolfe (Ghent University): Philosophy of biology before biology: a methodological provocation
- December 11, IAS-Research Talk by Denis Walsh (University of Toronto): Summoning and Sedimentation: Concepts for an agent-centred evolutionary biology
- November 27, IAS-Research Talk by Nathaniel Barrett (University of Navarra): The contrasts of feeling: Toward an integrated theory of affect and consciousness
- November 23, PRISMA Workshop: Activity – Passivity in Interactions Invitation to embody, explore and investigate an intersubjective phenomenon
- November 19-20, International Workshop: Conceptual Issues on ‘Life, Mind and Society’ in Dialogue with Alvaro Moreno
July – September 2018
- September 25, IAS-Research Talk by Gabriel Piedrafita: Tissue-level cell-fate coordination underpins epithelial clone competition dynamics: theoretical modeling to open a conceptual discussion
April – June 2018
- June 26, IAS-Research Seminar by Miguel Aguilera: Integrated information and autonomy in the thermodynamic limit
- June 6-8, International workshop: Forgotten Female Bodies
- June, 5, International workshop: AGENCY, COGNITION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: NEW TRENDS IN ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
- May 22, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 6 (Run by Antonio Casado): Health and autonomy in medical and bioethical contexts
- May 15, Talk by Nathalie Gontier: Roots of reticulate evolutionary theories in natural philosophy
- May 14, Talk by Nathalie Gontier: Explanation in evolutionary linguistic sciences: a review of epistemological frameworks
- May 8, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 5 (Run by Hanne De Jaegher): Intersubjectivity, social understanding, social normativity
- May, 3-4, IV BORDEAUX-SAN SEBASTIAN WORKSHOP ON PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY, MEDICINE, AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE
- April 24, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 4 (Run by Ezequiel di Paolo): Embodied and enactive approaches to agency and cognition
- April 10, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 3 (Run by Jon Umerez): Emergence, hierarchies, constraints
January – March 2018
- March 20, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 2 (Run by Arantza Etxeberria): Concepts of the organism, individuality, and identity
- March 9, Graduate Workshop on Philosophy of Science / Seminario de Investigación en Filosofía de la Ciencia
- March 6, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 1 (Run by Kepa Ruiz-Mirazu): The organizational approach to minimal living systems
- March 6, Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018: Information about topics, schedule, and readings
- March 1, IAS-Research Talk by Johannes Jaeger: Structuralist perspectives on the evolution of developmental processes
- February 9, IAS-Research Talk by Gustavo Caponi: El impacto de la Filosofía Anatómica de Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire en el desarrollo de la Historia Natural
- February 8, “Seminario Abierto de Filosofía” by Sandra Caponi: Vigilar y medicar: el DSM-5 y los trastornos mentales de la infancia
- January 23, IAS-Research Seminar by Xabier Barandiaran: Artificial Democratic Life: re-engineering the autonomy of the social
- January 17, IAS-Research Talk by Cristina Moreno Lozano: In between antibiotic reasons and rations. Introductory ideas to the study of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance from social science
October – December 2017
- December 5, IAS-Research Talk by Mihaela Pavlicev: Can knowledge help overcome the biases in societal perception of female biology?
- November 14, IAS-Research Seminar by Guglielmo Militello: Harnessing energy production: functional integration in symbiotic relationships
- November 7, IAS-Research Talk by Marc Canciani: Revising the Superorganism: An Organizational Approach to the Superorganism Concept
- November 7, IAS-Research Talk by Javier Suárez: Stability of Traits as the Kind of Stability That Matters in a Holobiont
- October 25, IAS-Research Talk by Marc Bedau: The meta-question about life
- October 24, IAS-Research Talk by Marc Bedau: A defense of cultural Darwinism
April – June 2017
- May 16, IAS-Research Talk by Mª José Ferreira: Disentangling causation and information: informational parity at issue
- May 8, 11 & 12, Seminar on The history and theory of vitalism, from Descartes to Canguilhem, by Charles Wolfe
- May 9, IAS-Research Talks by Charles Wolfe (The organism as hybrid, the organism without idealism) and Fred Keijzer (Why we may want a science of cognition that is not a science of mind)
- April 25, IAS-Research Talk by Davide Vecchi: Biological individuality and the challenge posed by the ubiquity of multi-species partnerships
- April 24, IAS-Research Talk by Davide Vecchi: Challenging the consensus: intrinsicalism and the minimal genome
- April 4, IAS-Research Seminar by Ramiro Frick: Comunicación biológica: hacia una perspectiva organizacional
January – March 2017
- February 14, IAS-Research Seminar by Laura Nuño de la Rosa: Evolvability as a dispositional property
- February 2, IAS-Research Seminar by Argyris Arnellos: From organization of processes to organisms and other biological individuals
October – December 2016
- November 8, IAS-Research Talk by Francesca Michelini: Keywords in Philosophy of Nature and Autonomy in Biology. On Hegel and Plessner’s Theories of Living Beings
- October 20-21, First Bordeaux-San Sebastián Workshop on Philosophy of Biology
- October 11, IAS-Research Talk by Wim Hordijk: Autocatalytic Sets: The Origin and Organization of Life
April – June 2016
- June 21, IAS-Research Talk by Leonardo Bich: Why defining life is not pointless
- June 21, IAS-Research Talk by Sune Holm: Causation as control: the case of synthetic biology
- June 13, IAS-Research Seminar by Michael Beaton: Sensorimotor Direct Realism: How We Enact Our World
- June 13, IAS-Research Seminar by Laura Menatti and Antonio Casado da Rocha: Landscape and Health: Connecting Psychology, Aesthetics, and Philosophy through the Concept of Affordance
- June 7, IAS-Research Talk by Argyris Arnellos: The body complexity thesis: multicellular hurdles for animal cognition
- June 7, IAS-Research Talk by Sébastien Lerique: The Epidemiology of Representations paradigm for the enquiry of cognition-with-culture: how online experiments surface problematic assumptions
January – March 2016
- February 26, IAS-Research Seminar by Xabier Barandiaran: Collective identities in interaction networks: exploring the technopolitical autonomy of the 15M through neurodynamic analogies
- February 26, IAS-Research Seminar by Ezequiel Di Paolo: Participatory Object Perception
- February 10, International Workshop SYSTEMS AND EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE ORIGINS OF LIFE
October – December 2015
- December 14, IAS-Research Seminar by Nei de Freitas Nunes-Neto: Regulation in organisms and its ecological consequences
- November 30, talk by Roslyn M. Frank: A cognitive approach to the schema of “dialogic subjectivity” (elkarrekikotasuna) in Euskera: Three examples
- November 9, talk by Francisco Vergara Silva: Evolución biocultural y filosofía de la ciencia
July -September 2015
- September 28, talk by Aníbal Monasterio Astobiza: The Morality of Head Transplant
- September 14, talk by Mª José Ferreira Ruiz: Information, inheritance systems and developmental resources
April – June 2015
- June 8, talk by James Difrisco: Individuality and the limits of biological functionalism
- June 4, International Workshop on Levels of organization, causality & top-down relations
- June 3, talk by William Bechtel: Minimal Cognition
- June 2, discussion with William Bechtel on Mechanistic explanation and beyond
- June 1, talk by William Bechtel: Mechanistic explanation and beyond
- May 11, IAS-Seminar by Nei de Freitas Nunes-Neto: Functionality and regulation in ecological and social-ecological systems
- May 8, talk by Sara Diani: Complex systems and clinical medicine: do they have fitting points?
- April 27, talk by Marcella Faria: Cell-Matrix Adhesion Complexes and their Dinamic Assembly: the Poetics of Cell Attachment
- April 24, workshop with Alfred Tauber: On Identity and Autonomy
- April 13, talk by René Zaragüeta: Why, Willi, why? Phylogenetics and the dichotomy of trees
January – March 2015
- March 4, talk by Thomas Reydon: Metaphysics Naturalized? The Case of Classification in the Sciences.
- March 2, talk by Olatz González: Visualising Basque Fratriarchy: Enactions and Recognition in the Sport of Pelota.
- January 26, talk by Mikael Karlsson: Could Rabbits Dance?
October – December 2014
- December 15, talk by Carissa Véliz: In defence of habits.
- December 1, IAS-Seminar by Leonardo Bich: Biological Regulation: an organisational account.
- November 24, IAS-Seminar by Xabier E. Barandiaran: Enactivism without autonomy?
- November 17, IAS-Seminar by Sara Murillo: Towards integrative compartmentalized chemical systems: a lipid-peptide rendez-vous.
- November 10, talk by Oier Etxeberria: Aita Laburu: Imágenes y palabras sobre magia y locura en el País Vasco (1933-1935).
- November 3, IAS-Seminar by Alvaro Moreno: The Limits of Science as Biological Limits of Human Beings.
- October 6, talk by Nicole Rossmanith: Karl Bühler meets Enactive Cognitive Science – Towards a Science of Social Co-regulation and Making Sense.
July – September 2014
- July 1-2, IAS-IHPST Workshop: Boundaries and Levels of Biological Organization.
April – June 2014
- June 3, talk by Laura Galbusera: Body-Oriented Psychotherapy for Persons with Schizophrenia: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Participants’ Experience.
- May 30, talk by Juli Peretó: Evolutionary Innovations by Symbiogenesis – From Ancient to Modern (Geological) Times.
- May 13, IAS-Seminar by Alba Amilburu: Grouping Practices from a “Naturalistic” Point of View: A Meta-Theoretical Comment.
- May 1-3, Interdisciplinary Workshop: Interacting Complexity: Cognition and Communication in Conflict Transformation.
- April 16, talk by Jürgen Streek: The Praxeology and Phenomenology of Gesture: A Case Study.
- April 1, IAS Key Topics discussion: Invidual vs. social and group levels of explanation.
January – March 2014
- March 25, talk by John McGraw: Ritual and Enaction.
- March 18, talk by Yanna Popova: Narrativity and Enaction: the Social Nature of Narrative Understanding.
- February 25, talk by David Romero: Art as a Mirror of Corporality. Poetics of estrangement – integration.
October – December 2013
- November 25, IAS-Seminar by Mike Beaton: Learning and Understanding.
- October 22, talk by Michael Marder: Toward a phenomenology of plant life. (Available online at: http://ehutb.ehu.es/es/video/index/uuid/526e2a42e814b.html).
July – September 2013
- September 18-25, Call for a one-year contract for a Post-doctoral position within the IAS Research group in Donostia/San Sebastián.
April – June 2013
- June 28, talk by Massimo Di Giulio: The coevolution theory of the origin of the genetic code and an its extension.
- June 25, IAS-Seminar by Ion Arrieta: The Autonomies of Bioethics.
- June 18, IAS-Seminar by Matthew Egbert and Xabier E. Barandiaran: Habits as sensorimotor life-forms: modelling self-maintaining behaviour with an iterant deformable sensorimotor medium.
- June 11, talk by Massimo Di Giulio: On the rigin of the tRNA molecule.
- May 23, IAS-Seminar by Mike Beaton: Towards a Scientifically Tractable, Direct Realist, Sensorimotor Account of Experience.
January -March 2013
- February 7-23, Call for a 4 year FPI (PhD) fellowship in IAS-Research Centre on Life, Mind, and Society.
- February 4, talk by Pablo Razeto-Barry: Autopoiesis 40 years later.
- January 15, talk by Randall Beer: The Cognitive Domain of a Glider in the Game of Life.
October – December 2012
- December 11, IAS-Seminar by Ximena González: Musical imagery from an embodied and enactive approach.
- November 20, IAS-Seminar by Elena Cuffari: Linguistic Movement in Social Coordination: How an Enactivist Might Talk about Talking.
- October 27-28, Workshop on Autonomy and Individual Organisms in Biology: A Collaborative Perspective.
- October 9, IAS-Seminar by Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo and Sara Murillo: On the transition from prebiotic vesicles to protocellular membranes.
July – September 2012
- September 6-8, XXIIth edition of the SIUCC (Seminario Interuniversitario de Ciencia Cognitiva).
- September 4, talk by Hiru lizuka: Emergence of Turn-taking Behaviour on Agency Detection Simulation and Behavioural Turing Test Experiment.
April – June 2012
- June 22, talk by Richard Prum: Sexual Selection and Aesthetic Evolution.
- June 12, talk by Federica Russo: Mechanisms in the Sciences: A Field Guide.
- May 14-18, Summer School: TESIS: Toward an Embodied Science of InterSubjectivity.
January – March 2012
- March 11-16, Full week course on Bioethics and Film: Looking at Bioethics through the Lens of Both American and Spanish Films.
October – December 2011
- December 3, IAS-Seminar by Mike Beaton: The Location of Subjective Information.
- November 10, talk by Isaac Salazar-Ciudad: Genotype-phenotype map models and evolution.
- November 4, talk by Fred Gifford: The Ethics of Randomized Clinical Trials: The Debate about “So-called Clinical Equipoise” and some underlying issues in philosophy of science.
- October 20, talk by James Griesemer: Life cycle models and origins-of-life scenarios: A reproducer perspective.
Maria Jimena Clavel, University of St. Andrews
(co-authored with Adriana Clavel-Vázquez)
This piece is part of a larger project that aims at showing that imagination is constrained as a consequence of its embodied character and that explores the consequences of that thesis in our engagement with art and in our social interactions. Traditionally, we think of imagination as a paradigmatic case of offline cognition, i.e. cognitive endeavors that do not directly involve real-time adaptive interactions with our surroundings. In this piece we challenge this more traditional understanding of imagination and argue that exercises of imagination are embodied. We examine two embodied approaches to imagination that can be found in the literature: a radical enactive approach (see Hutto 2006, Medina 2013) and a predictive approach to imagination (see Kirchhoff 2017); and what it means for imagination to be embodied from the perspective of these two approaches. From the perspective of the first approach, our imaginative engagements are a re-enactment of our interactions with the environment and are better understood by referring to agent-world dynamics. From the perspective of the second approach, imagination is supported by the same predictive mechanism that supports perception. Here we explore the possibility of a middle ground between these two positions in what concerns imagination, and the notion of embodiment that stems from it. Importantly, one consequence of this approach is that imagination is constrained by its embodied character.
Miguel A. Sepúlveda-Pedro
Université de Montréal
Opening the ecological dimension of the enactive approach: Umwelt, normativity, and form
The enactive approach is an alternative approach to cognition that challenges many fundamental assumptions of mainstream cognitive science. One of the most fundamental assumptions of traditional cognitive science is that the objective World is a ready-made reality that we access via our cognitive capacities, thus cognition essentially consist in getting information about this objective reality. In this classical picture, we need to reconstruct or represent the outside world in our heads, given the limited capacities of our senses. From the beginning, the enactive approach has challenged this conception of cognition by positing that the world we live, in our cognitive lives, is enacted thanks to the interactions of a living agent and its surroundings. Therefore, it is suggested that the world that a cognitive agent experience is not an objective reality but a dimension that acquires meaning and value according to the skills and concerns of living agents. Thompson, in his Mind in Life, loosely refer to this enactment of a meaningful world as an Umwelt. Uexküll coined the concept of Umwelt to define the world as it is lived by animals, according to their biological needs. However, Uexküll statements was sometimes explicitly linked to Kant’s transcendental philosophy. One of the problems of Kant’s transcendental philosophy is that it encloses the subject in its own domain, meanwhile an objective unknowable reality remains the source of materials that acquire form thanks to the mental capacities of the subject. In this Kantian background, the enactment of an Umwelt will be analogous to the constitution of a meaningful world by the capacities of the subject alone. This interpretation of the Umwelt is deeply problematic, and it does not reflect the claims of the enactive approach. This approach, like phenomenology, offers an account that entails a deep entanglement between the body and the environment, not an enclosed form of subjectivity. Nevertheless, many criticisms on the enactive approach seems to interpret the enactment of an Umwelt in the Kantian sense, so they claim that the enactive approach entails some form of subjectivism. In my view, many of these criticism are unfounded due to misinterpretations of the claims of the enactive approach, nonetheless, their criticisms push us to have a more specific account of the Umwelt, one that remains coherent with the claims of the enactive approach, but that also avoids the problems that have been usually attributed to the enactive approach. Thus, I will suggest that conceptually the notion of interanimality and the metaphor of animal melodies, in Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of nature, offer us a better way to understand the characteristics of the Umwelt, from the perspective of the enactive approach. Moreover, I will also suggest that an account of what I call structural emergence needs to be also explicitly added to the theory of biological autonomy, to open the domain of embodied subjectivity to a deeper ecological dimension of emplaced intercorporeality.