a) Historical developments of artificial intelligence and cognitive
science, with special reference to origins and their most
influential personalities (Turing, von Neumann, Simon, Selfridge,
McCarthy, Minsky, etc.), the previous history (cybernetics, logic,
etc.) and most recent evolutions (new artificial intelligence and
cognitive science, robotics and new robotics, ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, natural language
processing, knowledge representation, knowledge management, analogy
and analogical reasoning, cognitive modeling).
b) The nature of concepts and their role in mental processes,
within the framework of knowledge representation and in the wide
range of cognitive science, philosophy of mind and philosophy of
c) Themes from philosophy of mind, both from a historical point of
view and in contemporary reflection: mind-body problem, theories
about the mind and the mind/brain system, perception,
consciousness; problems regarding self-identity, the notion of I
and self-awareness within the artificial, biological or simulative
sphere; cognitive architecture and complex adaptive systems; swarm
intelligence; epistemology of artificial intelligence, cognitive
science, neuroscience and psychology.
d) Questions of history and philosophy of science, with special
regards to historical and theoretical developments of logic,
epistemology, and to philosophy of biology and science connected to
explanation of mental phenomena.
e) General philosophical and epistemological questions,