Sellars in a New Generation Conference at Kent State Apr 30 - May 2

Sellars in a New Generation Conference at Kent State Apr 30 – May 2

CUNY Philosophy Professor David Rosenthal and CUNY Philosophy Alumnus David Pereplyotchik will present at upcoming conference on Wilfrid Sellars at Kent State. See details below.

The work of Wilfrid Sellars has touched nearly every area of philosophy, from traditional debates in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, to contemporary issues in philosophy of language and mind.  Sellars’ contributions to each of these fields were strikingly original, historically informed, and deeply systematic.  For these reasons, his influence on the trajectory of philosophy was profound.  The magnitude of this influence is, however, obscured by some contemporary visions of 20th century philosophy, which either fail to give Sellars credit for his achievements, or leave him out of the story altogether.  The aim of this conference is to revisit Sellars’ important contributions, highlighting their relevance to the questions that philosophy faces today.

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Wednesday, April 29th: 

Join conference attendees and presenters for an informal get-together at Bricco, right across the street from the Kent State University Hotel.  We’ll be gathering in the bar area at 6:00, and taking a table for dinner at 7:30. Feel free to drop by, have a drink or dinner, and meet some serious Sellars scholars.  No reservation necessary, but do come prepared to pay for your own drinks and dinner.

Thursday, April 30: 

Graduate Student Workshop Program

All conference presentations will be held at the Gateway Conference Room on the second floor of the PARTA Building, also known at the Kent Central Gateway, located at the corner of South Depeyster and East Erie Streets, directly across from the Kent State University Hotel.

8:30-9:00                 Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45                 Preston Stovall, University of Pittsburgh, “On the Ground of Persons in Nature”

9:45-10:30              Mgr. Stephanie Dach, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic, “Sellars and Ultimate                                          Reality”

10:30-10:45           Break

10:45-11:30            Andrew Parisi, University of Connecticut, “Sellars, Second-Order Quantification, and Ontological                                        Commitment”

11:30-12:15            Thomas Dabay, Vanderbilt University, “Transposition as Naturalistic Metaphysics:  Carnapian Themes                                 in Sellars’s ‘Inference and Meaning’ ”

12:15-1:45            Lunch in Downtown Kent

1:45-2:30              Matthew Shields, Georgetown University, “Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Philosophical Importance of                                Creativity: Returning to Sellars on the Question of Conceptual Change”

2:30-3:15             Kevin Fink, University of South Florida, “An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color                               Concepts”

3:15-3:30            Break

3:30-4:15            Ryo Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan, “Normativity and Nature in W. Sellars: Reconstructing Sellars’                                    Strategy”

4:15-5:00           Ross Pain, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, “Pragmatism, Naturalism and Abstracta”

5:00-7:00           Wine and Cheese Reception, Zena’s, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

 

Main Program

Friday, May 1

All conference presentations will be held at the Gateway Conference Room on the second floor of the PARTA Building, also known at the Kent Central Gateway, located at the corner of South Depeyster and East Erie Streets, directly across from the Kent State University Hotel.
8:30am        Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:05     Opening Remarks
Provost Todd Diacon, Kent State University

9:05-10:15    Keynote Presentation
Willem deVries, University of New Hampshire                                                                                                                        The Causal Articulation of Practical Reality

10:20-11:30    Carl Sachs, Marymount University
Sentience and Sapience: The Place of Enactive Cognitive Science in Sellarsian Philosophy of Mind

11:35-12:45    Jim O’Shea, University College, Dublin                                                                                                                                    Thought, Freedom, and Embodiment in Kant and Sellars

12:45-2:00    Lunch in Downtown Kent

2:00 – 3:10    David Rosenthal, CUNY Graduate Center
Thought, Speech, and Consciousness

3:15 – 4:25   Jeremy Koons, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
Toward a Sellarsian Ethics for the 21st Century

4:30 – 5:40    David Pereplyotchik, Kent State University                                                                                                                              Sellars and Psycholinguistics

6:30-9:00      Conference Banquet, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center — See the More Info page for further details

Saturday May 2

9:00-10:10    Keynote Presentation
Huw Price, Cambridge University

10:15-11:25    Boris Brandhoff, University of Bonn, Germany
Pure Pragmatics and the Phenomenology of Linguistic Functions: On Sellars’s Non-Factualistic Conception                         of Philosophy

11:30-12:40    Danielle Macbeth, Haverford College
Natural Truth

12:40-2:00    Lunch in Downtown Kent

2:00 – 3:10    Dionysis Christias, University of Athens
Does Brandom’s Kant-Sellars thesis about Modality Undermine Sellars’s Scientific Naturalism?

3:20-4:10      Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh

On the Way to a Pragmatist Theory of the Categories

4:10-4:30              Break

4:30-6:45              Author Meets Critics: From Empiricism to Expressivism: Brandom Reads Sellars

Chair:  Michael Hicks, Miami University

4:30-4:40              Introduction          Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh

4:50-5:20              Discussant             Willem deVries, University of New Hampshire

5:20-5:50              Discussant             Jim O’Shea, University College, Dublin

5:50-6:15              Replies                    Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh

6:15-6:45              Discussion

6:45-7:00          Closing Remarks and Thank-you’s:  David Pereplyotchik and Deborah Barnbaum

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