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Talk and Workshop next week at Bogazici | Jack Woods (Bilkent U.)

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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”

TB 130

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”

TB 130

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.

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November 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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