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NYPLW: Luca Incurvati (Univ. of Amsterdam)
January 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshop Monday January 28th: Luca Incurvati on Weak Assertion
Our speaker next week will be Luca Incurvati, who is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. Luca will give a talk called ‘Weak Assertion’:
We present an inferentialist account of the epistemic modal operator *might*. Our starting point is the bilateralist programme. A bilateralist explains the operator *not* in terms of the speech act of *rejection*; we explain the operator *might* in terms of *weak assertion*, a speech act whose existence we argue for on the basis of linguistic evidence. We show that our account of *might* provides a solution to certain well-known puzzles about the semantics of modal vocabulary whilst retaining classical logic. This demonstrates that an inferentialist approach to meaning can be successfully extended beyond the core logical constants. This is joint work with Julian Schlöder.
The workshop will take place on Monday, January 28th at 6:30 in room 302 of NYU’s philosophy building (5 Washington Place).