Archive for November 2014
The Philosophy Department at Bogazici invites you to two events next week, both led by Jack Woods (Bilkent University). One is a talk on the normative force of promising, for a general audience, and there is also a logic workshop intended primarily for undergraduates (but all are welcome). Details below:
Logic workshop: “Do-it-yourself Semantics”
Friday, December 5
Everyone believes there is a tight connection between rules of implication for logical expressions and the semantic meaning of those expressions, but exactly what this connection is is nowise clear. There is an often neglected, but important branch of research into exploring this question; in particular, into the question of what the rules for a connective like & tell us about the meaning of &. I will talk about this research, explain some of its limitations (including some of my own work on the limitations of this project), and suggest how we can use these results to give a more satisfying foundational account of the meaning of the connectives. As a bonus, I will explain why `or` is the most surprising of the connectives, and `and` the least, even though they are duals of each other.
Talk, “The Normative Force of Promising”
Friday, December 5
Why do promises give rise to reasons? I consider a trio of possibilities which I think will not work, then detail the explanation of the normativity of promising I find more plausible—that it is constitutive of the practice of promising that promise-breaking implies blame-liability and that we take blame-liability to be a bad thing. This effects a reduction of the normativity of promising to conventionalism about liability together with instrumental normativity. This is important for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is that this style of account can be extended to account for nearly all normativity—one notable exception being instrumental normativity. Success in the case of promises suggests a general reduction of normativity to conventions and instrumental normativity.
Please join us if you can at Bogazici University for the following talk this coming Tuesday:
The Philosophy Department at Bilkent University is happy to announce a workshop celebrating the
diversity of analytic philosophy in honor of UNESCO World Philosophy day.
The speakers are Nurbay Irmak from Boğaziçi University, Harry Platanakis from Koç University, and Derek Baker from the Lingnan University in Hong Kong, Sandrine Berges and Simon Wigley from Bilkent. The event will be held in G-160 on Thursday, November 20th. The schedule can be found in the link
below. Hope to see you there!