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The project in Philosophy of Language will focus on the problem of predication, on contextualism and minimalism in semantics and on whether the concept of truth requires a relativistic treatment.

For futher details, please see here.

Philosophy of language seminar on Pluralism - Douglas Edwards " Truth, Winning, and Simple Determination Pluralism"

21 Jan 2015 14:00
21 Jan 2015 18:00
Europe/Rome

We will discuss Edwards' paper on Pluralism:

Douglas Edwards. Truth, Winning, and Simple Determination Pluralism, in Truth Pluralism: Current Debates, eds. N. J. L. L. Pedersen and C. D. Wright, Oxford University Press: 113-122. February 2013.

We will also discuss the final sections of Wright's paper on Pluralism:

Crispin Wright “A plurality of pluralisms” in N. Pedersen and C. Wright (eds.) Truth Pluralism: Current Debates, Oxford University Press, 2013, pages 123–153.

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

NOTA BENE: 14:00-18:00

CfP: TRUTH AND GROUNDS: deadline is January 15

24 Dec 2014
Europe/Rome

eidos - the Centre for Metaphysics - is proud to announce

TRUTH AND GROUNDS

24 -29 May, 2015 at
Mount Truth, Ascona, Switzerland

and invites abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 9 - research talk of Andrea Strollo - Validity and alethic pluralism

17 Dec 2014 15:00
17 Dec 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Andrea Strollo (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) will deliver a talk on alethic pluralism.

Speaker: Andrea Strollo

Title: Quale validità per il pluralismo aletico?

Venue: Sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23 Bologna

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 8 - The Problem of Mixed Compounds and Mixed Inference

10 Dec 2014 15:00
10 Dec 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

This session will focus on the so-called problems of mixed compounds and of mixed inferences.

Discussion leader: Filippo Ferrari & Sebastiano Moruzzi

The problem of mixed compounds and mixed inferences

Literature on the problem of mixed compounds and mixed inferences

Tappolet (1997)‘‘Mixed Inferences: A Problem
for Pluralism about Truth Predicates’’, Analysis, 57 (1997), 209–10;

Sainsbury (1996) "Crispin Wright: Truth and Objectivity" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 56, No. 4 (Dec., 1996) , pp. 899-904

JC Beall (2000). On Mixed Inferences and Pluralism About Truth
Predicates. Philosophical Quarterly 50 (200):380-382.

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 4 - reading seminar on Lynch (iii)

5 Nov 2014 15:00
5 Nov 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Third seminar on Lynch's pluralism.

Micheal P. Lynch Truth as One and Many (OUP 2009) chapters 5 (from section 2) - 6

For the reading material, see file attached below.

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Discussion leader: Sebastiano Moruzzi

Minutes from "Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 3 - Lynch's Truth Pluralism (ii)" on 29 Oct 2014 - 15:00

30 Oct 2014
Europe/Rome

La discussione si è limitata, per ragioni di tempo, al capitolo 4 e alla prima sezione capitolo 5.

Sono emerse diverse perplessità di fondo sulla posizione del funzionalismo aletico pluralista di Lynch:

Minutes from "Philosophy of Language Seminar on Truth Pluralism 2" on 22 Oct 2014 - 15:00

26 Oct 2014
Europe/Rome

Nella discussione di mercoledì scorso sono emersi i seguenti elementi:

Pluralism Project

Different natures of pluralism

Unsurprisingly, pluralism can come in different forms.

Given a predicate or relational expression φ we can distinguish at least four pluralist
theses:

  1. Property pluralism there is more than one φ-attribute (property or relation)
  2. Predicate pluralism there is more than one φ-predicate or relational expression
  3. Semantic pluralism there is more than one φ-meaning
  4. Cognitive pluralism there is more than one φ-concept

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 7 - Stefano Caputo's talk on Lynch

3 Dec 2014 15:00
3 Dec 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Stefano Caputo (University of Sassari) will deliver a talk on truth-pluralism.

Title: Un problema per il funzionalismo aletico

Speaker: Stefano Caputo

Venue: via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna (aula rossa)

For the reading material see below.

Abstract:

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 6 - reading seminar on Wright (ii)

19 Nov 2014 15:00
19 Nov 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Second seminar on Wright's pluralism.

Crispin Wright “A plurality of pluralisms” in N. Pedersen and C. Wright (eds.) Truth Pluralism: Current Debates, Oxford University Press, 2013, pages 123–153. [Preprint available online]

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Discussion leader: Luca Zanetti

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 5 - reading seminar on Wright (i)

12 Nov 2014 15:00
12 Nov 2014 15:00
Europe/Rome

First seminar on Wright's pluralism.

Crispin Wright "Truth: A Traditional Debate Reviewed", Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Vol. 28, Iss. sup1, 1998

For the reading material, see file attached below.

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Discussion leader: Filippo Ferrari (online from Aberdeen)

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 3 - Lynch's Truth Pluralism (ii)

29 Oct 2014 15:00
29 Oct 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Second seminar on Lynch's pluralism.

Micheal P. Lynch Truth as One and Many (OUP 2009) chapters 4 - 6

For the reading material, see file attached below.

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Discussion leader: Sebastiano Moruzzi

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 2 - Lynch's Truth Pluralism (i)

22 Oct 2014 15:00
22 Oct 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

First seminar on Lynch's pluralism.

Micheal P. Lynch Truth as One and Many (OUP 2009) chapters 1 -3

For the reading material, see file attached below.

Venue: sala rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Discussion leader: Sebastiano Moruzzi

Marcin Schroeder "Mystery of Consciousness: From Artificial to Autonomous Intelligence”

26 Nov 2014 15:00
26 Nov 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Professor Marcin Schroeder (Akita International University, Akita Japan) will deliver a research talk on "“Mystery of Consciousness: From Artificial to Autonomous Intelligence”".

Venue: aula rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Philosophy of Language Seminar on Pluralism 1: Planning Session + Reading

15 Oct 2014 15:30
15 Oct 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

The research seminar is focused on pluralism on truth, ontology, logic and epistemology. The research focus will be on the connections between these different forms of pluralism.

Planning Session
In this first session we will plan the entire seminar schedule and (time permitting) start the first reading.

First Reading

The first reading (which will probably take two sessions) will be:

Compositionality solves Carnap's problem

11 Jun 2014 15:00
11 Jun 2014 18:00
Europe/Rome

Professor Dag Westersthal (Stockholm) will deliver a talk on Carnap's problem.

Speaker: Dag Westersthal

Title: Compositionality solves Carnap's problem

Date: June 11 2014

Time: 15-18

Venue: aula rossa, via Azzo Gardino 23 Bologna.

Abstract:

Carnap’s Problem, to which he devoted most of his 1943 book Formalization in Logic, is the existence of non-standard interpretations of the logical constants which are consistent with all classical laws of (mainly propositional) logic. For example, it is consistent with these laws to take A?B to be true when both A and B are false.

Elijah Millgram "Progressive Necessity"

27 Nov 2013 15:00
27 Nov 2013 18:00
Europe/Rome

Professor Elijah Millgram (Utah) will deliver a talk on "Progressive Necessity".

Abstract

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