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Temporal ‘de re’ Attitudes (Yael Sharvit) 4:15 pm
Temporal ‘de re’ Attitudes (Yael Sharvit) @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Sep 9 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
A sensible approach to the semantics of tense says that present tense and past tense “refer” to the evaluation time and to some pre-evaluation time, respectively. Indeed, this seems to be the case in unembedded sentences (e.g., Mary is thirty-five, Mary was thirty-five). But embedded tenses seem to misbehave: (1) does not express the proposition that two months prior to s* (= the speech time) Joseph was sure about the truth of [Mary is currently thirty-five]; this proposition is expressed by (2). Assuming that tenses are indexical expressions does not automatically solve the problem, since (1) does not express the proposition that two months prior to s* Joseph was sure about the truth of [Mary will be thirty-five at s*] either; that proposition is expressed by …

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Anti-Exceptionalism and Explanations in Logic (Ole Hjortland and Ben Martin) 4:15 pm
Anti-Exceptionalism and Explanations in Logic (Ole Hjortland and Ben Martin) @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Sep 16 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
According to logical anti-exceptionalism we come to be justified in believing logical theories by similar means to scientific theories. This is often explained by saying that theory choice in logic proceeds via abductive arguments (Priest, Russell, Williamson, Hjortland). Thus, the success of classical and non-classical theories of validity are compared by their ability to explain the relevant data. However, as of yet there is no agreed upon account of which data logical theories must explain, and subsequently how they prove their mettle. In this paper, we provide a non-causal account of logical explanation, and show how it can accommodate important disputes about logic. Logic and Metaphysics Workshop Fall 2019 September …

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Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic Workshop
Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic Workshop @ CUNY Grad Center
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day
Logic has frequently played an exceptional role in philosophical projects. The laws of logic have been considered self-evident, obvious or a priori, and therefore epistemologically foundational. As a result, logic has been set apart from the other sciences. According to anti-exceptionalism, however, the privileged epistemological status of logical laws has been exaggerated. Instead, both logical theories and theory-choice in logic are continuous with the theories and methods of other sciences. But what does that tell us about theory-choice in logic, and does it help us adjudicate in the many disputes between rival logical theories? Speakers: Jc Beall (UConn) Christopher Blake-Turner (UNC Chapel Hill) Ole Hjortland (University of Bergen) Saul Kripke …

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Existence, Verbal Disputes and Equivocation (Alessandro Rossi) 4:15 pm
Existence, Verbal Disputes and Equivocation (Alessandro Rossi) @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Sep 23 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Noneism is the theory according to which some things do not exist. Following an established convention, I will call allism the negation of noneism (every thing exists). Lewis [1990] and, more recently, Woodward [2013] argued that the allism/noneism dispute turns on an equivocation about the meaning of ‘exists’ and would thereby be merely verbal. These arguments have been attacked by Priest [2005, 2011, 2013], who took the dispute to be genuine. In this paper, I will present two new arguments for the genuineness of the allism/noneism dispute. The first appeals to a recent version of logical pluralism defended by Kouri Kissel [Forth]: the two parties could be seen as engaging in a metalinguistic …

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Logic and Metaphysics Workshop 4:15 pm
Logic and Metaphysics Workshop @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Sep 30 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
September 2 GC Closed NO MEETING September 9 Yael Sharvit, UCLA September 16  Ole Hjortland and Ben Martin, Bergen September 23 Alessandro Rossi, StAndrews September 30 GC Closed NO MEETING October 7 Dongwoo Kim, GC October 14 GC Closed NO MEETING October 21 Rohit Parikh, GC October 28 Barbara Montero, GC November 4 Sergei Aretmov, GC November 11 Martin Pleitz, Muenster November 18 November 25 December 2 Jessica Wilson, Toronto December 9 Mark Colyvan, Sydney December 16  MAYBE A MEETING; MAYBE NOT