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The Second Symposium

We are pleased to announce the second symposium at Columbia University, Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2 to 6 PM.

Northwest Science Building
602 NWC
550 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
(at the corner of Broadway & 120th St., and accessible from an entrance on 120th St)

♠ 2nd Symposium Registration ♠

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. John Morrison, Department of Philosophy at Columbia University/Barnard College

Professor Morrison is currently working on three projects.   The first is about how we manage to perceive secondary qualities, such as redness. He argues that we perceive them in virtue of perceiving the differences and similarities between objects, thereby reversing the traditional order of explanation.  He then develops similar explanations of how we perceive objects, kinds, and many primary qualities.  The second is about uncertainty and perception. He argues that our perceptual experiences sometimes assign degrees of confidence. Both of these projects draw heavily on empirical psychology, particularly psychophysics and cognitive psychology. The third project is about the foundations of Spinoza’s metaphysics. He hopes to unravel Spinoza’s claims about minds, bodies, God, and their essences.

Dr. Alexander Todorov, Department of Psychology at Princeton University

Alexander Todorov is a professor in the department of psychology of Princeton University, an associated faculty member of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and an affiliated faculty member of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a recipient of the SAGE Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology and of Guggenheim Fellowship. His main focus of research is on how we perceive and evaluate faces and objects. The span of his lab research ranges from the social consequences of rapid, initial person impressions to the basic neural mechanisms underlying such impressions. Current major areas of research include computational modeling of social perception of faces, how statistical learning shapes evaluation of faces, and perception and evaluation of novel 3-dimensional objects. His research has been published in many journals, including Science, Nature Human Behavior, and PNAS. His book, Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions, is coming out in May.


Topic:  What is a cognitive understanding of visual intelligence?

Keywords: analytic philosophy, fine art, intelligence, logic, artificial intelligence, data science & mining, philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of language, grammar, philosophy of games, visual studies, aesthetics, art history & criticism, psychology, philosophy of science.

Call for Papers:

We would consider papers with parameters of the following:
Philosophy of language, logic, artificial intelligence, aesthetics, analytic philosophy, philosophy of psychology, psychology, visual studies, philosophy of science, data science, philosophy of mind, art history & criticism

Submission deadline: Fri, February 10, 2017. Accepted submissions will be announced before Feb 17.

Length: 500 – 1000 words

How to submit: Please email PDF files to insvi [at]
or upload your files at


The Success of Our Inaugural Symposium

inaugural-posterWe are pleased to report the success of our Inaugural Symposium at Columbia University, Nov 19, 2016, a summary of the proceedings for which may be requested by email

We are currently corresponding with publishers to partner on a series of volumes of conferences proceedings and related monograph publications in the future.

Topic:  What is a philosophical understanding of visual intelligence?


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ahmed Elgammal

Director of the Art & AI Lab at Rutgers University

Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University. He is the founder and director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence at Rutgers, which focuses on data science in the domain of digital humanities. He is also an Executive Council Faculty at Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science. Prof Elgammal has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and books in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, and digital humanities. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006.  Dr Elgammal’s recent research on knowledge discovery in digital humanities received wide international media attention, including reports on the Washington Post, New York Times, NBC News, the Daily Telegraph, Science News, and many others.

Dr. Gary Hatfield

Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in the history of modern philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, theories of vision, and the philosophy of science.  In 1990, he published The Natural and the Normative: Theories of Spatial Perception from Kant to Helmholtz; at HOPOS 2016, the 25th anniversary of the book was celebrated. In 2009, Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology appeared from the Clarendon Press; a revised version of his book on Descartes’ Meditations appeared in 2014. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Penn Perception group, and the History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group.  He has directed dissertations in history of philosophy, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy and history of science.  He has long been fascinated by visual perception and the mind–body problem.

Dr. Sun-Joo Shin

Professor of Philosophy at Yale University

At Yale Sun-Joo Shin teaches logic, philosophy of logic, history of logic, philosophy of linguistics and, philosophy of language.

In her book “The Iconic Logic of Peirce’s Graphs” Shin explores the philosophical roots of the birth of Peirce’s Existential Graphs in his theory of representation and logical notation. She demonstrates that Peirce is the first philosopher to lay a solid philosophical foundation for multimodal representation systems.



Dr. Elliot Samuel Paul
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University.

He works mainly in early modern philosophy and epistemology. He also has interests in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a particular focus on philosophical issues surrounding creativity. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D from Yale University, both in philosophy. From 2009-2011 Dr. Paul was Assistant Professor/Bersoff Faculty Fellow at NYU. He is co-editor of The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays, published by Oxford University Press in 2014, and is currently completing a book on Descartes’s epistemology.