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29 October 2004, Workshop on Belief Revision: 'Changing Minds', Room A-303, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 15, Amsterdam

Date: Friday 29 October 2004
Time: 13:45-19:45
Location: Room A-303, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 15, Amsterdam

Cognitive, computational and logical approaches to belief change.

Belief revision theory was first developed to give a formal answer to this question, following a long tradition of philosophical work on theory change. In the last two decades, belief revision has become one of the most active areas of research, at the confluence between cognitive science, logic, philosophy, and AI. Nevertheless, the most crucial features of belief revision still remain unsolved - and the main reason lies in a serious lack of integration between the 'formal side' and the 'cognitive side' of the problem, i.e. between approaches first developed in logic, computer science and philosophy, and theoretical models and empirical evidences gathered in the field of cognitive science and experimental psychology.

This workshop brings together leading experts in several related fields to discuss these issues and compare distinct approaches. Different paradigms need not to merge, since they might turn out to address complementary aspects of belief change. But in this workshop they will be confronted with each other, to clarify differences and synergies - with special emphasis on the primacy of cognitive studies. Belief revision is perhaps the most fundamental of our cognitive skills: therefore, its formal understanding cannot abstract from empirical data on belief change in humans.

PROGRAM

13.45 - Welcome with coffee
14.00 - Hans Rott (Universität Regensburg)
14.45 - Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR, Roma)
15.30 - Maartje Raijmakers (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
16.15 - Coffee break
16.30 - Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool)
17.15 - Rineke Verbrugge (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
18.00 - Tea break
18.15 - Frank Veltman (ILLC, Amsterdam)
19.00 - Hans van Ditmarsch (University of Otago)
20.30 Dinner

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