September 20-22, 2010

Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent University, Belgium

The idea that there is a strong connection between logic, reasoning, and rationality,   which was very popular among the philosophers of the Wiener Kreis, has long been out of  fashion. Findings from history and philosophy of science and from cognitive psychology have revealed that the traditional logician’s tool, Classical Logic, is not fit for explicating human reasoning either in the sciences or in everyday life. Times have changed, however. Today, a multiplicity of formal frameworks (ranging from non-classical  logics over probability theory to Bayesian networks) is available in addition to Classical Logic. Also, historians and philosophers of science as well as psychologists have described a rich variety of patterns in both scientific and common sense reasoning.

The aim of LRR10 is to stimulate the use of formal frameworks to explicate concrete  examples of human reasoning and, conversely, to

challenge scholars in formal studies by presenting them with interesting new examples of actual reasoning. Therefore, we welcome papers in all areas related to non-classical logics and non-classical formal frameworks. We also welcome case studies from history and philosophy of science, as well as from psychology, that enhance our apprehension of concrete reasoning patterns

that occur in the sciences and in everyday life. Finally, we welcome contributions that deal with the philosophical implications of the

present-day insights for our understanding of rationality.

Contributions may cover topics from the following (non-exhaustive) list: – non-classical logics (adaptive logics, paraconsistent logics, relevant logics, modal logics, non-monotonic logics, epistemic and doxastic logics, erotetic logics, many-valued logics, fuzzy logics, conditional logics, …)

– formal methods in philosophy of science and in epistemology (probability theory, bayesian and causal nets, …)

– knowledge and belief dynamics (belief revision, belief merging,conceptual change, …)

– reasoning patterns (induction, abduction, IBE, analogical reasoning, model-based reasoning, inconsistency-handling, defeasible reasoning, causal reasoning, argumentation schemes, historical case-studies, …)

– present-day views on rationality (bounded rationality, rationality and values,fallibilism, …)

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Arnon Avron, Diderik Batens, Giovanna Corsi, Newton da Costa, Nancy Nersessian, Thomas Nickles, Graham Priest and Andrzej Wisniewski

Practical information:

* If you would like to present a paper at the conference, please submit

an abstract (500 to 1000 words) by *MARCH 15, 2010* to the following

e-mail address: [email protected].

* Please write “ABSTRACT SUBMISSION” in the Subject header of your mail.

* Abstracts can be submitted in .doc, .docx or .pdf. Abstracts received

will be acknowledged by e-mail. All abstracts will be carefully refereed.


* March 15, 2010: deadline for submission of abstracts

* May 1, 2010: notification of acceptance of abstracts

* May 15, 2010: deadline for speaker confirmation of attendance

* September 19, 2010: Academic Session in honour of Diderik Batens

(partly in Dutch, followed by a reception)

* September 20-22, 2010: Conference