Colloquim Metaphysics, Meaning, and Modality. Themes from Kit Fine

Colloquium Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Metaphysics, Meaning, and Modality.
Themes from Kit Fine

Place – The Scientific Research Center of the University of Bucharest in Cumpatu-Sinaia, Romania

Thursday, May 24
Chair: Mircea Dumitru
14:00 – 14: 50 Kit Fine (NYU), Truthmaker semantics
15:00 – 15:50 Graeme Forbes (University of Colorado Boulder), On Fine’s truthmaker semantics
15:50 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:20 Fabrice Correia (Geneva), How to reduce modality to essence
17:30 – 18:20 Scott Shalkowski (University of Leeds), Essence and nominalism

Friday, May 25
The morning session
Chair: Graeme Forbes
9:30 – 10:20 Paul Horwich (NYU), The nature of necessity
10:30 – 11:20 Bob Hale (University of Sheffield), The problem of De Re modality
11:30 – 12:20 Friederike Moltman (CNRS, Paris), Variable Objects
12:30 – 13:20 Alasdair Urquhart (University of Toronto), Fine on arbitrary objects

The afternoon session
Chair: Bob Hale
15:00 – 15:50 Philip Percival (University of Nottingham), Branching worlds or beyond reality
16:00 – 16:50 Gabriel Rabin (UCLA), Well-founding grounding grounding
17:00 – 17:50 Steve Kuhn (Georgetown University), Necessary, Transcendental & Universal Truth
18:00 – 18:50 Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest), Fine’s semantic relationist approach to Frege’s puzzle and opacity

List of Participants
1. Kit Fine (NYU)
2. Fabrice Correia (Geneva)
3. Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest)
4. Graeme Forbes (University of Colorado Boulder)
5. Bob Hale (University of Sheffield)
6. Paul Horwich (NYU)
7. Steve Kuhn (Georgetown University)
8. Friederike Moltman (CNRS, Paris)
9. Philip Percival (University of Nottingham)
10. Gabriel Rabin (UCLA)
11. Scott Shalkowski (University of Leeds)
12. Alasdair Urquhart (University of Toronto)
Place: The Scientific Research Center of the University of Bucharest, Cumpatu-Sinaia, Romania Time: May 24-26, 2012

Bucharest Colloquium in Analytic Philosophy 28-30 MAY

Bucharest Colloquium in Analytic Philosophy

Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics and Language

University of Bucharest

Department of Philosophy

Saturday, May 28th

Chair: Mircea Dumitru

09:00 – 10:00 – Michael Potter: Sometimes I seem to see a difficulty: Frege’s conception of self-subsistence

10:00 – 11:00 – Danielle Machbeth: Seeing How It Goes: The Peculiar Role of Writing in Mathematical Reasoning

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 – Katherine Dunlop: Frege on definitions

12:30 – 13:30 – Greg Lavers: Frege and philosophical analysis


13:30 – 15:00 – Lunch Break

15:00 – 16:00 – Elina Nurmi: Theory of Meaning in the Begriffsschrift – Two Misconceptions

16:00 – 17:00 – Sorin Costreie: Frege on sense and contentful mathematics


Sunday, May 29th

Chair: Norma Goethe

09:00 – 10:00 – Matthias Schirn: Frege’s philosophy of geometry

10:00 – 11:00 – Oystein Linnebo: Grounded abstraction

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 – Gabriel Sandu: Logicism and the notion of arbitrary function

12:30 – 13:30 – Markus Pantsar: Arithmetical truth after Frege


13:30 – 15:00 – Lunch Break

15:00 – 16:00 – Erich Reck: Frege, Dedekind, and the Origins of Logicism

16:00 – 17:00 – Philip Ebert & Marcus Rossberg: Platonism in Frege’s Grundgesetze?


Monday, May 30th

Special honorary session at the rectorate of the University of Bucharest

Chair: Ioan Panzaru

10:00 – Saul Kripke – Doctor Honoris Causa

Chair: Gabriel Sandu

12:30 – 13:30 – Saul Kripke: Frege and Others on the First Person

13:30 – 15:00 – Lunch Break

15:00 – 16:00 – Graeme Forbes: The Problem of Factives for Sense Theories

16:00 – 17:00 – Mircea Dumitru: Frege’s Puzzle. New approaches

17:00 – 17:30 – Coffee Break

17:30 – 18:30 – Kit Fine: TBA

Mircea Dumitru – A Finean Semantic-Relationist Approach to Opacity

Miercuri, 2 martie, la ora 18:00 va avea loc seminarul departamentului de filosofie teoretica. Invitat, prof. Mircea Dumitru va tine o conferinta cu titlul: A Finean Semantic-Relationist Approach to Opacity.

Rezumatul conferintei:

Mircea Dumitru
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

In his book, Semantic Relationism, Kit Fine argues in favor of a fundamentally new view of meaning, which he calls “Semantic Relationism”. What is the main idea behind this approach? Fine’s view is that there may be irreducible semantical or representational relationships between expressions or elements of thought, ones that are not reducible to the intrinsic semantic features of the expressions or elements of thought themselves between which they hold. This semantic approach leads naturally to a novel view on representation in both language and thought. The explanatory job Fine does is twofold. He shows how this view can be articulated to offer solutions to persistent and intriguing puzzles in philosophical logic and philosophy of language, such as Frege’s identity puzzle, Russell’s antinomy of the variable, Moore’s paradox of analysis, Kripke’s puzzle about belief. And he also uses his new doctrine to ground a more defensible form of direct reference theory, one which can successfully meet the criticism that Fregeans have recently mounted against it.

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