Epistemic Modality and Relativism




organisation

Financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, supported by department of philosophy of the University of Geneva and in close cooperation with the series of talks organised by PhilEAs, the association of students in philosophy at the University of Geneva (which is subsidised by the Commission de la Gestion des Taxes Fixes of the University of Geneva) and the "Emotions, Values, and Norms" research project of the NCCR center of competence in affective sciences (dir: Kevin Mulligan), Kevin Mulligan (Geneva), Gianfranco Soldati (Fribourg), Michael Esfeld (Lausanne), Fabrice Teroni (Geneva) and I are organising a summer school ("├ęcole doctorale"/"Graduiertenkurs") on mind and metaphysics during summer term 2006. The school consists in four workshops on different topics.

calls for papers

Corresponding to the workshops, there are three calls for discussion papers, to be presented during the workshop. Discussion papers do not have to be well-polished publishable articles. The submitted written version will be distributed to all participants of the workshop - the oral presentation of about 20 minutes only summarises the argument. Presentations are in English, though papers may be in other languages too. Here are possible topics (all disjunctions are inclusive):

  • papers on relativism, epistemic modalities, knowledge of logic or work by Crispin Wright. Deadline: 8 April.
  • papers on (alethic) modalities, possible worlds, modal logic or work by Daniel Nolan, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra or John Divers. Deadline: 15 April.
  • papers on emotions or related work by Bennett Helm, Michael Frede, Simo Knuuttila or Robert Roberts. Deadline: 1 July.


Invited speakers: Crispin Wright, Manuel García-Carpintero, Eline Busck, Oystein Linnebo
Date: 11-13 April

Place: University of Geneva.

Program (click here for a pdf version):

  • Tuesday, April 11:
    • 10h30-12h, A 208, Aile Jura: Manuel García-Carpintero, Varieties of Truth-Relativism (handout, a copy of the paper is available to participants here)
    • 14h30-17h, A 208, Aile Jura: Crispin Wright, Relativism and epistemic modalities (an extended handout is vailable to participants here)
    • 17h30-19h, A 208, Aile Jura: Eline Busck, Response-dependence and concept evolution (click here for an abstract; a related paper is available to participants here)
  • Wednesday, April 12:
    • 10h30-12h, SO 019, Saint-Ours (meeting point: 10h15 in front of the department): Otto Bruun, Expanding the Demon
    • 14h30-16h00, B 216 Bastions: Philipp Keller, Disbelieving the Skeptic Without Proving Him Wrong (a copy of the paper is available to participants here)
    • 16h30-17h45, B 216 Bastions: Alexandre Erler, Is Skepticism Just a State of Mind? A Look at Wittgensteinian Approaches to the Issue (a copy of the paper is available to participants here)
    • 18h15-20h, B 216: Oystein Linnebo, Ontological Dependence and Mathematical Structuralism (click here for an abstract, a copy of the paper is available to participants here)
  • Thursday, April 13:
    • 10h30-12h00, SO 019, Saint-Ours (meeting point: 10h15 in front of the department): Pascal Engel, Logical Reasons (a copy of the paper is available to participants here)
    • 12h15-13h15, SO 019, Saint-Ours: Andri Töndury, Entitlement to Conceptual Claims?