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Individual psychology and public meaning: bridging the gap with frames





Funding period : 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019

Project D02 examines the relation between the psychological level of describing the cognition of individuals and the intersubjective level on which language (and scientific understanding) operate. More concretely, it seeks to clarify the link between the individual mental representations of language users and the public meaning of linguistic expressions. This link will be established by means of frames; the recursive structure of frames allows the representation of one and the same thing at different levels of granularity. The underlying idea of D02 is to conceive public meaning as a generalization from individual mental representations.

Head of the project

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vosgerau
Institut für Philosophie
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 81-105 25
Email: vosgerau@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de


Leda Berio
Phone: +49 211 81-03187
Email: leda.berio@hhu.de

Sam Taylor
Phone: +49 211 81-03186
Email: Samuel.Taylor@uni-duesseldorf.de

Gottfried Vosgerau:

Baston, R. & G. Vosgerau. 2016. Implicit attitudes and implicit prejudices. Philosophical Psychology 29(6). 889–903

Gentsch, A., A. Weber, M. Synofzik, G. Vosgerau & S. Schütz-Bosbach. 2016. Towards a common framework of grounded action cognition: Relating motor control, perception and cognition. Cognition
146. 81–89

Tillas, A., G. Vosgerau, T. Seuchter & S. Z. Caiani. 2017. Can Affordances Explain Behavior? Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8(2). 295–315

Vosgerau, G. & P. Soom. 2018. Reduction Without Elimination: Mental Disorders as Causally Efficacious Properties. Minds and Machines 28. 311–330

Vosgerau, G. & M. Synofzik. 2010. A Cognitive Theory of Thoughts. American Philosophical Quarterly 47(3). 205–222

Leda Berio:

Erbach, K. and Berio, L. 2019  “Readings of Plurals and Common Ground”. In E. Pacuit and J. Sikos (eds). Special Volume of Lecture notes in Computer Science, Springer. Forthcoming

Berio, L.  Linguistic relativity and flexibility of mental representations: color terms in a frame based analysis. In S. Löbner, T. Gamerschlag, T. Kalenscher, M. Schrenk & H. Zeevat (eds.), Cognitive Structures – Linguistic, Philosophical, and Psychological Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer. Forthcoming

Berio, L., A. Latrouite, R. Van Valin & G. Vosgerau. 2017. Immediate and General Common Ground. In C. P. Patrick Brezillon, Roy Turner (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Proceedings of Context 2017 Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), 633–646

Berio, L. “LALAS: Language, Acquisition, Labels and Acquired Schemata. The role of language acquisition in mentalizing”. Submitted.

Berio, L. & G. Vosgerau “A fine-grained account of Common Ground”. Submitted.

Berio, L. and Schuster, A. “The prototype of LOVE: an empirical investigation of the concept of love in couples in preparation”. In preparation



Samuel D. Taylor:

Taylor, S. D. (Under Review) 2018. Minimal content pragmatism. Grazer Philosophische Studien.

Taylor, S. D. & G. Vosgerau. (Revise and Resubmit) 2018. The explanatory role of concepts. Erkenntnis .

Taylor, S, and Sutton, P. (Under review). ‘A Frame-Theoretic Model of Bayesian Category Learning. Proceedings of CoSt16

Taylor, S. D., Noorloos, R., and Bakker, A. (2017), ‘Mastering as an Inferentialist Alternative to the Acquisition and Participation Metaphors for Learning’. Journal of Philosophy of Education. doi: 10.1111/1467-9752.12264.

Noorloos, R., Taylor, S. D., Bakker, A., and Derry, J. (2017). ‘Inferentialism as an Alternative to Socioconstructivism in Mathematics Education’. Mathematics Education Research Journal. doi: 10.1007/s13394-017-0189-3.

Noorloos, R., Taylor, S. D., and Bakker, A. (2014). ‘An Inferentialist Alternative To Constructivism In Mathematics Education’, In Liljedahl, P., Oesterle, S., Nicol, D., Allan, D. (Eds), Proceedings of the Joint Meeting 4 – 321 of PME 38 and PME-NA 36, Vol. 4 (Vancouver: PME), pp. 321-328.

Other Relevant Publications:

Taylor, S. D., 2015, ‘A Day at the Museum: Information and Scientific Representation’. De Filosoof Magazine.

Prof. Gottfried Vosgerau:

Sep ’15

‘Mental representations and concepts’ (together with A. Newen)
International Workshop “Mental Representations. The foundation of cognitive science?”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Sep ’15

‘The relation between cognitive and linguistic structures’ (together with W. Petersen)
EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, Turin (Italien).

Samuel D. Taylor:

Nov ’17

‘Concepts and Naturalism’ Spotlight Talk, OZSW 17, Landgoed Zonheuvel, Doorn, Utrecht University

Sep ’17

‘Beyond the What is Said Debate: Towards a Theory of Communicative Success’ Fourth Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference, Bochum University

May ’17

‘The Representational Action Approach to Semantics: From Utterance to Content’
Guest Speaker, Propositions and Cognitive/Linguistic Action Conference, Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf

Jan ’17

‘Utterance and Content: Towards a Representational Action Approach to What is Said’
Invited Talk, Theoretical Philosophy Lecture Series, Utrecht University

Dec’ 16

‘Conceptualising the Minimalist vs. Contextualist Dispute in Truth-Conditional Semantics’
OZSW Conference 2016, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Sep ‘16

‘What Can Frames Teach Us About Socio-Cognitive Development?’
Cognitive Structure 2016, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Apr ‘16

‘Frames and Socio-Cognitive Development: Is a Simplicity-Theoretic Account of Changes to Cognitive Structures Possible?’
Internal Workshop “Frames and Probabilities”, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.

Leda Berio:

2018. September Berio, L., Schuster, A. “: Mental representations in dialogue:explaining (mis)communication with mentalized frames”, Meeting of the European Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Rijeka, Croatia. Poster presentation

2018. September Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition, negation, and conceptual development”, KogWis (Cognitive Science Annual Meeting), Darmstadt, Germany. Talk

2018. July Berio, L. “Mental terms acquisition and conceptual development”, Meeting of the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Ann Arbor (MI), USA. Poster presentation

2018. February Berio, L. and Schuster, A., “Meaning coordination with mentalized frames”, 19th Workshop on the Roots of Pragmasemantics, Szlarska Poreba, Poland. Poster Presentation

2017. September Berio, L. and Schuster, A.,“Mentalised Evolutionary Prototypes”, PLM4 (4th Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference) , Bochum, Germany. Talk.

2017. June Berio, L., Latrouite, A., Van Valin, R. and Vosgerau, G. “Immediate and General Common Ground”, Context17 Conference, Paris, France. Talk

2017. March Berio, L. and Schuster, A., “Mentalised Prototypes”, Roots of Pragmasemantics Workshop, Szklarska Poreba, Poland. Talk

2016. September . Berio, L. “Analysing the Problem of the Influence of Languageon Thought”, Cost2016,Conference, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. Talk

2016. June. Berio, L. “Embodied Semantics and the Problem of Abstract Concepts”, MODELACT Conference, Rome, Italy. Talk

24.-26.05.2017 Propositions and Linguistic/Cognitive Action Conference (2017)