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

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