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Last modified 1 Jan 70
Philosophy Program
Recent Work in Philosophy of Language

Baldessin Precinct Building, W107, ANU
July 1-2, 2003

The Philosophy Program, RSSS, ANU is pleased to announce a Program Workshop on Recent Work in Philosophy of Language. Topics will include recent work on reference: demonstratives, indexicals, and singular terms; and recent work on literal meaning and communication: fictionalism, pretense, and the semantics/pragmatics boundary.

Our purpose is a consideration of these topics, emphasizing in particular their impact (if any) on general questions in philosophy, e.g, questions of ontological commitment and philosophical method.

In addition to regular and adjunct members of the Philosophy Program, participants will include: Jeff King (University of California at Davis); Susanna Siegel (Harvard University); Jason Stanley (University of Michigan); Barry Taylor (University of Melbourne).

Please note: this workshop is free, and no registration is required.


Tuesday July 1
10:00-10:45 Martin Davies (ANU)
"'Individuation and the Semantics of Demonstratives' - 21 Years On"
10:45-11:00 Morning tea
11:00-12:30 Jeff King (UC Davis)
"Singular terms, Quantifiers and Complex Demonstratives"
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Susanna Siegel (Harvard)
"Policing and Presupposition in Complex Demonstratives"
Siegel's paper is available for download: PDF, html (No footnotes in html version).
3:30-4:00 Afternoon tea (coffee available in the Coombs Tea Room, and in the Art School cafe)
4:00-5:30 Barry Taylor (Melbourne)
"Meaning, Use and Stucture: Brandom on Singular Terms"
Wednesday July 2
9:30-11:00 David Chalmers (Arizona)
"On The Deeply Contingent A Priori"
11:00-11:30 Morning Tea
11:30-1:00 Jeff King (UC Davis)
"Syntactic Evidence for Semantic Claims"
King's paper is available for download: PDF, html
1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-5:30 Jason Stanley (Michigan)
Workshop on the Semantics-Pragmatics distinction
There are two relevant papers available for download:
King and Stanley's "Semantics, Pragmatics, and The Role of Semantic Content": PDF, html
Stanley's "Making It Articulated": PDF, html

The Baldessin Precinct Building is building 110 on the interactive campus map.

For visitors to Canberra, there is a map of the central city and university here, and a list of possible accommodation here.

Contacts: Daniel Stoljar (dstoljar@coombs.anu.edu.au) or Karen Riley (riley@coombs.anu.edu.au).