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Workshops and Conferences


Varieties of Philosophical Expressivism

International Conference

19–21 May 2022
University of Mannheim
Schloss, Aula

 

The conference was originally planned for May 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

In the last decades, philosophers have become increasingly interested in expressivist views within various subfields such as ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of law. What unites these views is the idea that affirmations about a certain subject matter are not, or not primarily, descriptions of an underlying reality, but serve to express the speakers’ mental states. It is, however, a controversial matter what this means exactly and what it implies. What are the formal, what are the logical properties of the notion of expression? Can one express a mental state one does not possess? And what, if any, are the semantic, what are the pragmatic consequences of adopting an expressivist position? For example, are there any genuinely expressivist views that can plausibly be combined with classical truth-value semantics, and if so, are they restricted to specific classes of claims?

With the conference, we aim at identifying structural similarities (as well as differences) between the distinct strands of expressivism in order to shed light on, among other things, the notion of expression, the conceptual and semantic challenges that expressivists face, and the merits and drawbacks of expressivist theories in general. 

 

The conference is organised by members of the project Mind the Meaning: The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism .

 


Past Workshops

  • Varieties of Philosophical Expressivism (cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

    Varieties of Philosophical Expressivism

    International Conference

    *CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. RESCHEDULED FOR 19–21 MAY 2022.*

    14–16 May 2020
    University of Mannheim
    O 138 Fuchs-Petrolub-Festsaal
    Schloss Eastwing, 1st Floor

     

    In the last decades, philosophers have become increasingly interested in expressivist views within various subfields such as ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of law. What unites these views is the idea that affirmations about a certain subject matter are not, or not primarily, descriptions of an underlying reality, but serve to express the speakers’ mental states. It is, however, a controversial matter what this means exactly and what it implies. What are the formal, what are the logical properties of the notion of expression? Can one express a mental state one does not possess? And what, if any, are the semantic, what are the pragmatic consequences of adopting an expressivist position? For example, are there any genuinely expressivist views that can plausibly be combined with classical truth-value semantics, and if so, are they restricted to specific classes of claims?

    In the conference, we aim at identifying structural similarities (as well as differences) between the distinct strands of expressivism in order to shed light on, among other things, the notion of expression, the conceptual and semantic challenges that expressivists face, and the merits and drawbacks of expressivist theories in general.  

     

    Confirmed speakers: 
    Stephen Barker
    Felix Bräuer
    Joachim Bromand
    Matthew Chrisman
    Stephen Finlay
    Wolfgang Freitag
    Vera Flocke
    Luca Incurvati
    Teresa Marques
    Christa Peterson
    Benjamin Schnieder
    Mark Schroeder
    Michael Scott
    Jack Woods
    Nadja-Mira Yolcu

     

    This conference is organized by members of the project Mind the Meaning: The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism.

     

  • 36th Berlin Forum of Business and Corporate Ethics

    Workshop

    19–20 July 2019
    University of Mannheim
    EW 169

    Program

    The Berlin Forum is a network for business and corporate ethics that was founded more than ten years ago. The Forum brings together doctoral students and postdocs from different disciplines in an open working atmosphere about once a year to exchange ideas on their current research, drafts and conceptual ideas. The Berlin Forum aims to discuss lines of argument and contributions to normative questions of economic activity from different research perspectives among doctoral students and postdocs. Philosophers, economists, economic ethicists and business ethicists alike discuss topics that are negotiated under the keywords CSR and sustainability as well as in corporate and business ethics. Participation is possible with a talk or as a discussion without a talk. Each slot lasts one hour in total for both talk and discussion (20 minutes talk, 40 minutes discussion).

  • Perspectives on First-Person Thought

    Internationale Conference

    16–18 May 2019
    University of Mannheim
    EO 150

    Program

    You can find more information here

     

     

     

     

    Is there anything special about the way we think about ourselves, and in particular about our own inner world? It is sometimes said that thoughts about our own conscious states involve a kind of awareness that is fundamentally different from the one that comes with other thoughts. It is also often held that we cannot misrepresent the subject of our current expreriences, and that this phenomenon must be explained by an adequate theory of first-person thought. Yet it is difficult to discern what exactly these claims entail. Moreover, there is no unconctroversial way to relate phenomena of first-person thought to phenomena of first-person speech. When we utter self-ascriptions of mental states, do we thereby simply report in which state we are, or do we rather directly express the respective state?


    Our aim in this conference is to bring together researchers – including philosophers, linguists, and psychologists – who will address and dicuss these and other problems relating to first-person thought and the way it is articulated in speech.


    The conference will be the concluding event of the project The First Person – Semantic, Epistemic, and Scientific Perspectives (PI: Prof. Dr. Katharina Kraus, University of Notre Dame) and the inaugural conference of the project Mind the Meaning: The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism (PI: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag).

     

  • Suspension of Belief

    International Conference

    26–27 October 2018
    University of Mannheim
    EO 242

    Program

     

     

     

     

    We often suspend belief. Some questions we haven't considered yet, others are still under investigation, and yet others seem to allow for no definite answer. We often withhold belief and, more importantly, we do so rationally. Despite its core role in our doxastic everyday life, suspension of belief has not received much attention in the epistemological literature, which has mainly focused on positive belief alone. The conference will fill this lacuna and investigate the nature and rational profile of suspension of belief.