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Reasons, Rationality, and Culture

Call for Papers

Theme: Reasons, Rationality, and Culture
Type: International Workshop
Institution: Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, and
Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), Tilburg University
Location: Tilburg (Netherlands)
Date: 14.–15.10.2021
Deadline: 1.4.2021

The purpose of this conference is to (re)consider and assess the role
of reasons and reasoning processes in morality, politics, and science
considering recent developments in the study of reasoning and discuss
the implications for these domains. Central to these developments is
the idea that reasoning is not a mechanism that enables individuals
to steer their thinking towards a rational outcome. Instead,
reasoning is an inherently social activity evolved to convince others
and justify ourselves, which subsequently affects cultural phenomena.

A social and cultural approach to reasoning raises interesting
questions, such as:

- What exactly and how important is the role of reasons in cognition
 and communication?

- What effect do reasons exert in the domains of morality, politics
 and science? Do reasons make these human endeavours rational?

- Are norms and values based on reasoning or do reasons merely
 provide post hoc justifications of these norms and values?

- How does reasoning relate to our intuitions and the cultural

- How can we relate macro-level cultural phenomena to the micro-scale
 cognitive and communicative processes?

- What factors influence the formation and distribution of reasons?

- Can widely shared reasons amount to rationality? Or do social
 accounts of reasoning undermine rationality?

- What is the meaning of rationality?

- What are the conditions (if any) under which arguments and
 justifications result in rationality?

- How and to what extent are new approaches to reasoning in line with
 former philosophical approaches of reason and rationality?

- What is the impact of reasons on people’s thinking and behaviour?

- How can we make people more rational (if this is at all possible)?

- What are the implications for education?

By addressing these and related questions we intend to explore the
implications of new developments on human reasoning in areas such as
philosophy of science, moral philosophy, cognitive science,
anthropology, and political science and shed light on the age-old
philosophical question of human (ir)rationality.

We invite scholars and scientists from various disciplines including
philosophy, psychology, anthropology, political science, and other
relevant disciplines to submit an abstract by 1 April 2021 by e-mail
to Stefaan Blancke (

By 1 May at the latest we will notify the authors of our decision.
Authors of accepted abstracts (max. 20) will be invited to submit a
draft by 1 September. Each of the participants will then review at
least one paper and present their comments following the presentation
at the meeting. The aim is to publish the contributions to the
workshop either as a special issue in an internationally acknowledged
philosophy journal or an edited volume published by a highly
acclaimed international publisher.

We plan to hold a live meeting at Tilburg University. However, if
need be, we will switch to an online or hybrid format.

Invited speakers:

Catarina Dutilh Novaes (VU Amsterdam)
Hugo Mercier (Institut Jean Nicod Paris)

Organizing committee:

Stefaan Blancke
Michael Vlerick
Maureen Sie

For more information, please visit our website
( or contact Stefaan Blancke


Dr. Stefaan Blancke, Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Tilburg University