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Logic&Meta: Filippo Casati
September 21, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop for the Fall Semester will start at the end of August. The New York Logic and Philosophy Group will no longer exist as a separate entity, but will be absorbed into the Workshop.
The Logic & Metaphysics workshop is organized by Graham Priest.
Filippo Casati, University of St Andrews
Monday 21 September, 4.15-6.15
Room C.196.06, Graduate Center, CUNY (To get to it, go into the Library, and after you go past the desk, turn left. Go down the stairs, and turn left at the bottom. The room is at the far end, past all the work desks.)
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must check the logic
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. As Wittgenstein suggests, if there is something that cannot be said, then we should just be silent about it. But, even assuming that Wittgenstein is right, a question remains open: what makes something ineffable? In my talk, I support the idea that, in metaphysics, what can be said and what can not be said is a function of the logic employed. In other words, the expressibility of our metaphysical theories always depends on the logic we work with.
In order to show this, I will present and compare four different philosophers who deal with the problem of ineffability in four different ways. Even though they all start from the same issue (namely, the ineffability of the concept of Totality in metaphysics), they all arrive at different conclusions, because they work with different (accounts of ) logic.
I will start presenting the so-called neo-realist position of Markus Gabriel. Then, I will compare his position with the positions of Adrian Moore and Graham Priest. Finally I will discuss the metaphysical approach presented by Takashi Yagisawa.