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6:30 pm Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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4:30 pm The variety of scientism and the limits of science, Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) @ NYU, rm 110
The variety of scientism and the limits of science, Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) @ NYU, rm 110
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Science is by far the most powerful approach to the investigation of the natural world ever devised. Still, it has limits, and there are many areas and questions where the scientific approach is ill suited, or at best provides only pertinent information rather than full answers. The denial of this modest attitude about science is called scientism, which declares science to be the only form of human knowledge and understanding, attempting to subsume everything else, including all the humanistic disciplines, into “science” very broadly (mis-)construed. In this talk, I argue that this is a mistake, and that it moreover has the potential to undermine public trust in science itself. There …

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4:00 pm Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our topic for Spring 2018 will be Formal Frameworks for Semantics and Pragmatics. We’ll be investigating a range of questions in semantics and/or pragmatics which involve or are relevant to the choice between different kinds of overall structure for theories in these areas. In most sessions, the members of the seminar will receive a week in advance, copies of recent work, or work in progress from a thinker at another university. After reading this work, students discuss it with one of the instructors on the day before the colloquium. Then at the Tuesday colloquium, the instructors give a summary review and raise criticisms or questions about the work. The author …

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