International conference – Evolution and Norms: Concepts, Models, Challenges


Friday, November 11th

Keynote session (chair E. Socaciu):

9 – 9.30: Opening addresses

9.30 – 10.30: Kenneth Binmore (UCL) : The Origins of Fairness Norms

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 11.45: Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest):  Metaphysics of Norms

11.45 – 12.45: Mihail-Radu Solcan (University of Bucharest): On the Survival of Scientific Theories


12.45 – 15.00: Break

Panel 1: Epistemology and Cognition (chair L. Staicu)

15.00 – 15.30: Virgil Iordache (University of Bucharest): Ontological and Epistemic Assumptions of the Theories of Selection

15.30 – 16.00: Teodor Negru („Al. I. Cuza” University of Iaşi): Emergence of the Self: Consciousness in Dynamic Cognitive Systems

16.00 – 16.30: Sorin Costreie (Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch): What Can Mathematical Cognition Tell Us About Norms?

16.30 – 17.00: Andreea Esanu (University of Bucharest): What Is the Difference between the Process of Evolution in a Computer and the Process of Evolution Outside the Computer?

17.00 – 17.15: Coffee break

Panel 2: Evolutionary Modelling (chair L. Gheorghe)

17.15 – 17.45: Marcel Cremene, Ligia Cremene, D. Dumitrescu (Technical University Cluj-Napoca): Cooperation. Why doesn’t it simply happen?

17.45 – 18.15: Alexandru Dragomir (University of Bucharest): Reaching Common Knowledge in Multi-Agent Systems Through Public Announcements

18.15 – 18.45: Richard David-Rus (Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch): Some Considerations on Explanation through Evolutionary Models and Simulations

18.45 – 19.15: Gabriel Istrate (Babes Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca): Towards a Logic of Stylized Facts in Computational Social Science

Saturday, Nov. 12th

Panel 3: Evolution and Culture (chair S. Costreie)

09.00 – 09.30: Laurentiu Staicu (University of Bucharest): Cultural Change and Human Enhancement. A Tale of Coevolution

09.30 – 10.00: Dan Chitoiu („Al. I. Cuza” University of Iaşi): The East European Cultural Area: a Special Case in the Evolution of Norms?

10.00 – 10.30: Coffee break

10.30 – 11.00: Constantin Vica (University of Bucharest): Cooperation within networks

11.00 – 11.30: Gabriel Radu (SNSPA Bucharest): A Local Case of Norm Evolution: Integenerational Justice

11.30 – 12.00: Constantinos Maritsas (Sofia University): The Principle of Natural Selection in Nature and Civilization


12.00 – 14.00: Break

Panel 4: Evolving Norms (chair K. Binmore

14.00 – 14.30: Jonathan Grose, Cedric Patternote (University of Bristol): Social Norms and Game Theory: Harmony or Discord?

14.30 – 15.00: Emanuel Socaciu (University of Bucharest): Ethics and Game Theory: a Coordination Game?

15.00 – 15.30: Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest): De Waal’s Moral Evolutionism and Kantian (Empirical) Ethics

15.30 – 16.00: Radu Uszkai (University of Bucharest): Robert Nozick and the Evolutionary Approach to Ethical Norms. A Philosophical Reconstruction

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee break

Panel 5: Order and Institutions (chair E. Socaciu)

16.30 – 17.00: Ionut Sterpan (University of Bucharest): On Institutional Incoherence

17.00 – 17.30: Ioana Anton, Georgiana Nenciu (University of Bucharest): Evolution and Subjectivity in Hayek

17.30 – 18.00: Laurentiu Gheorghe (University of Bucharest): Political Order and the Evolution of Norms

18.00 – 18.30: Dan Panaet (University of Bucharest): A Reconstruction of Hayek’s Account of Social Evolution, Centered on the Idea of Order Selection

CFP: Evolution and Norms: Concepts, Models, Challenges

Bucharest, 11-12 November 2011

Is there a ‘quest for meaning’ in the recent literature on the emergence of norms? How do evolutionary game theory and evolutionary economics fit into a larger concept of “evolutionism” as an epistemic profile? How do such models and theories influence the landscape of social sciences and political or moral philosophy? How do they enrich our concept of rationality? How can we assess the implicit relativism of the evolutionary approach to norms and culture? Is adding new variables and parameters to the utility function a fruitful extension of the standard theory or just an unnecessary complication? Can virtual interactions and computerized simulations provide a hoped-for testing ground for theories that try to account for the evolution of norms in real-life settings?

(mai mult…)