NY Philosophy of Language Workshop Spring 2015 Schedule

NY Philosophy of Language Workshop Spring 2015 Schedule

We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker either presents a piece of their own work (perhaps in-progress) or gives an opinionated tour of some other work in the philosophy of language with which their own research is engaged.

During the Spring of 2015, we’ll meet at NYU (5 Washington Place, Room 302) on Monday evenings at 7:00. Please see our schedule of speakers below. Anyone with an interest in philosophy of language is welcome!

Spring 2015 Speakers

February 2nd
Andy Yu (Oxford) (Abstract below)

February 9th
Kate Pendoley (CUNY)

February 16th
No Workshop

February 23rd
Simona Aimar (Barnard/UCL)

March 2nd
Ethan Nowak (Berkeley)

March 9th
Martin Abreu Zavaleta (NYU)

March 16th
No Workshop

March 23rd
Aidan Gray (Illinois-Chicago)

March 30th
Kelsey Laity-D’Agostino (Rutgers)

April 6th
No Workshop

April 13th
Janice Dowell (Syracuse)

April 20th
Matt Mandelkern (MIT)

April 27th
Alex Kaiserman (Oxford/Princeton)

May 4th
Lisa McKeown (New School)


Workshop Monday February 2nd: Andy Yu on Propositions and the Intensional Paradoxes

Our speaker next week will be Andy Yu, who is a graduate student at Oxford currently visiting NYU. Andy will present a paper called ‘Propositions and the Intensional Paraxoxes’:

Propositions are supposed to play multiple roles. They are supposed to be the fundamental bearers of truth and falsity, the objects of attitudes such as belief, the objects of assertion, the meanings of sentences, and the referents of “that”-clauses. There is some recognition that no single kind of thing is likely to be able to play all of these roles. Even so, it is widely assumed that propositions are at least the fundamental bearers of truth and falsity as well as the objects of attitudes. In this talk, I suggest that this widespread assumption makes certain solutions to the intensional paradoxes more or less attractive. The upshot is that, in evaluating proposed solutions, we should clarify exactly how important it is that propositions are the objects of attitudes, and in particular what constraints the objects-of-attitudes role imposes.

The workshop will take place on Monday, February 2nd at 7:00 in room 302 of NYU’s philosophy building (5 Washington Place).

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