8th ESAO – Educational Series on Applied Ontology

The Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO) [1] is open for everyone and welcomes students, researchers and practitioners alike (no registration needed).

The 8th ESAO webinar will be held as special session on

Monday, June 12, 2023 at 14:00 UTC, for up to 75 min
(regional times: 10:00 EDT / 16:00 CEST / 16:00 SAST [2])
via Zoom (full connection details at the end of this message)


Program & Speaker Info
10:00-11:15 EDT / 14:00-15:15 UTC / 16:00-17:15 / 16:00-17:15 SAST
(50 min talk + discussion)

Title: The psychology and philosophy of concept combination

James Hampton (City, University of London, UK) [3]

– invited talk in connection with the PhD defense of Guendalina Righetti (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
– actually hybrid, onsite in Bozen-Bolzano and online as ESAO webinar
– format: scientific talk

I will review a wider range of research into the problem of how prototype concepts combine. When nouns are placed in a noun-noun compound, (e.g. CRIMINAL LAWYER) different strategies can be used in English to arrive at a semantic interpretation. I will discuss some of the processes involved, and the effects of stress. The second part of my talk will examine how people interpret logical connectives when applied to vague semantic categories such as Vehicle or Fruit. Finally I will present some new data looking at how people judge a conjunction of two vague predicates, as in “These sunglasses are large and dark” where both size and shade of a set of sunglasses are distributed around a vague boundary.

Short Speaker CV:
Educated at Cambridge and University College London. Professor of Psychology, City, University of London since 1977. Visiting appointments at Stanford, Cornell, Chicago (as a Fulbright Fellow), Yale, NYU, Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and Utrecht. Over 100 publications on the psychology and philosophy of concepts.

Series Description

The IAOA [4] has created ESAO [1], an educational effort directed towards topics of Applied Ontology, primarily established basics and foundations.

The series is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Schools on Applied Ontology (ISAO) [5] (for the next ISAO edition during July 10-14, 2023, please see [6] – ! EARLY REGISTRATION for ISAO 2023 closes on June 11 (EDT) !). ESAO is complementary in format and its overall approach. The goal is to provide a combination of an archive of educational material (e.g., short video lectures) and a series of webinars for presenting and discussing that material.


Members of the Education Technical Committee of IAOA [6] and among those primarily (in alphabetical order):

* Lucía Gómez Álvarez
* Frank Loebe
* Sandra Lovrenčić
* Cassia Trojahn (Chair)
* Laure Vieu

E-Mail: info@iaoa.org

[1] Educational Series on Applied Ontology

[2] Session time locally and in further places

[3] workpage of James Hampton

[4] IAOA website

[5] ISAO History page

[6] ISAO 2023 website

[7] Entry page of the IAOA Education Technical Committee

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Topic: ESAO 8th Session

Topic: 8th ESAO
Time: June 12, 2023 04:00 PM Paris
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