Call: Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence – PT-AI 2017

Call for Papers

PT-AI 2017 – “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”
November 4-5, 2017
University of Leeds, Weetwood Hall conference centre

Submission of abstracts: September 6, 2017

Organisation: Vincent C. Müller, University of Leeds & Anatolia College/ACT

(This is the 3rd PT-AI conference, see


We request anonymous abstracts of 600-1000 words (plus references) in plain text or PDF, plus a short abstract of up to 120 words. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the proceedings. (We plan to provide a copy of the proceedings to the corresponding author.) We foresee slots of 30 minutes per talk, including discussion.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Submission online at EasyChair:

Technical note: The EasyChair system will ask you for an “abstract” and a “paper”. For us, “abstract” refers to the short abstract (up to 120 words) in plain text, while “paper” refers to the long abstract (600-1000 words), which can be submitted as a PDF or plain text. Accordingly, please do not use the check-box “Abstract Only”. (The abbreviation “Corr. Auth.” Stands for “corresponding author”.)


Submission of abstracts: September 6, 2017
Decisions announced: September 30, 2017
Conference: November 4-5, 2017
Submission for publication: January 15, 2018


The conference will deal with fundamental issues of present and future artificial intelligence, such as:

Basic Concepts of AI

  • Complexity
  • Computation
  • Consciousness
  • Creativity
  • Free will
  • Information
  • Intelligence
  • Intentionality & meaning & representation
  • Life
  • Superintelligence & singularity

Ethics of AI

  • Human dignity and AI
  • Impact on society
  • Machine ethics
  • Responsibility & rights for machines
  • Risk to humanity & AI safety

Approaches & Methods of AI

  • Big data analytics
  • Cognitive architecture
  • Cooperation & interaction
  • Cybernetics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Embodiment
  • Enactive cognition
  • Embedded & extended mind
  • Expert systems
  • Machine learning & neural networks
  • Neuroscience & AI
  • Non-symbolic AI
  • Robotics

Challenges of AI

  • Action selection & rational choice
  • Brain emulation and uploading
  • Chinese room & symbol grounding
  • Common sense
  • Cyborgs & extended mind
  • Frame problem
  • Gödelian arguments
  • Turing test


Accepted papers and posters will be published in a volume of proceedings in 2018. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of a leading philosophy journal in 2018.

The papers from the 2011 and 2013 events have been published in ‘Minds and Machines’, an edited volume of the SAPERE series (Springer) and an edited volume of the ‘Synthese’ series (Springer). They have been apparently been downloaded over 115.000 times from the publisher’s site alone (

The 2017 conference also serves as preparation for the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence(ed. V. C. Müller), forthcoming OUP 2019.

We do not expect to extend the deadline for submissions. The latest version of this CFP is always on


Vincent C. Müller
University Academic Fellow (U. Leeds) &
Professor of Philosophy (Anatolia College/ACT)

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