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Creative Processes in the Arts: the 2017 Arts & Philosophy Conference

Artists, composers, philosophers, scholars and artistic researchers from various disciplines investigate approaches to the creative process.


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Formal Ethics 2017 International Conference

Formal Ethics applies tools from logic, decision theory, game theory, and social choice theory to the analysis of concepts in moral and political philosophy and to the development of ethical theory. It is a rapidly growing field of research which goes back to the work of Kenneth Arrow, Amartya Sen, John Harsanyi, Georg Henrik von Wright and others. The field has recently gained new impetus with formal work on non-classical logic, freedom and responsibility, value theory and the evolution of norms and conventions. It now includes contributions not only from philosophy, but also from economics, computer sciences and linguistics.

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