7 / MENTAL PHENOMENA


Philosophy of linguistics

5 – 9 September 2011   print this page

Course directors:

Peter Ludlow, University of Michigan, United States
Barry Crawford Smith, University of London, United Kingdom
Frances Egan, Rutgers University, United States
Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia
Nenad Miščević, University of Maribor, Croatia


Course description:

This is the seventh year of the course Philosophy of lingustics. There are a number of themes that are discussed every year like: What is the nature of languuage? Is langauge something material, physical, mental, sociatal or abstract? What kind of knowledge is the knowledge of language.? What is the relationship of language and mind?

At the directors meeting this year in Dubrovnik the directors were unanimous in the idea of inviting prof. Kent Bach (UCLA) to our next philosophy of linguistics conference to take place Sept. 5th to 9th, 2011. We decided to dedicate a day or two of the conference to his work. This work is central to a growing interest at our conferences in the "semantics-pragmatics" distinction. We would invite people to write papers about Ken Bach’s work. We are also pleased to announce that Kent Bach has accepted our invitation and will comment on the presented papers himself.


Course lecturers:

John Collins, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Michael Devitt, City University of New York, Graduate Center, United States
Kent Bach, San Francisco State University, United States
Barry Crawford Smith, University of London, United Kingdom


Work Schedule:

Monday Sept. 5th

  • 9. 15 Welcome
  • 9.30 – 11.00 Michael Glanzberg: Not all contextual parameters are alike

  • Coffee break 11.00 - 11. 30
  • 11.30 – 13. 00 Dean Pettit: Semantics without reference

    Lunch 13.00 – 15.30

    15.30 – 17.00 Jennifer Saul: Lying, Misleading and What is Said

  • Coffee break 17.00 – 17.30
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Barry C Smith: What are you talking about?

    Tuesday September 6th

    Special Sessions on Kent Bach’s Philosophy of Language

    9.30- 11.00 Michael Devitt : Good and Bad Bach?

  • Coffee break 11.00 – 11.30
  • 11.30 – 13.00 Belen Soria and Esther Romero: Challenges to Bach’s pragmatics

  • Lunch 13.00 – 15.30
  • 15.30 – 17.00 Jeff King: Bach’s views on context

  • Coffee break 17.00 – 17.30
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Isidora Stojanovic : Post-semantics: what it is and why it matters

    Wednesday, Sept. 7th

    Special Sessions on Kent Bach’s Philosophy of Language

    9.30. – 11.00 John Collins: On weather reports

  • Coffee break 11.00 - 11.30
  • 11.30 – 13.00 David Braun : An invariantist theory of 'might' might be right

  • Lunch 13.00 – 15.30
  • 15.30 – 17.00 Francois Recanati: Empty singular terms in the mental-file framework

  • Coffee break 17.00 – 17.30
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Nenad Miscevic: Pejoratives and Literal Meaning

    Thursday Sept. 8th

    9.30 – 11.00 Axel Barcelo Aspeitia Color Antonyms

  • Coffee break 11.00 - 11.30
  • 11.30 – 13.00 Fritz McDonald: Why Public Languages Exist

  • Lunch 13.00 – 15.30
  • Student Presentations
  • 15.30 – 17.00

    Martina Blecic: Convention and conversational implicature

    Matias Gariazzo: Semantic Truth Relativism and Metaphysical Truth Relativism

  • Coffee break 17.00 – 17.30
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Maria Serban: On receptor-notions of representation

    Mirela Fuš : Transmitting de re thoughts

    Friday, Sept. 9th Student Presentations

    10.00 – 11.00 Alun Davies: Context and compositional content

    11.00 – 12.00 Tamara Dobler: On systematicity and family-resemblance in Wittgenstein

  • Coffee Break 12.00 – 12.30
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Andrei Nasta: Auditor's economy: efficiency-constraints

    on compositionality

  • Closing of the conference 13.30