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Talk by Fenner Tanswell: Conceptual Engineering for Mathematical Concepts

Time and place: Apr. 17, 2018 10:15 AM12:00 PM, GM 652

ABSTRACT: In this paper I investigate how conceptual engineering applies to mathematical concepts in particular. I begin with a discussion of Waismann’s notion of open texture, and compare it to Shapiro’s modern usage of the term. Next I set out the position taken by Lakatos which sees mathematical concepts as dynamic and open to improvement and development, arguing that Waismann’s open texture applies to mathematical concepts too. With the perspective of mathematics as open-textured, I make the case that this allows us to deploy the tools of conceptual engineering in mathematics. I will examine Cappelen’s recent argument that there are no conceptual safe spaces and consider whether mathematics constitutes a counterexample. I argue that it does not, drawing on Haslanger’s distinction between manifest and operative concepts, and applying this in a novel way to set-theoretic foundations. I then set out some of the questions that need to be engaged with to establish mathematics as involving a kind of conceptual engineering. I finish with a case study of how the tools of conceptual engineering will give us a way to progress in the debate between advocates of the Universe view and the Multiverse view in set theory.

Talk by Annalisa Coliva

Time and place: Apr. 24, 2018 10:15 AM, GM 652

Talk by Dan López de Sa

Time and place: May 8, 2018 10:15 AM12:00 PM, University of Oslo, GM 652

Talk by Michael Beaney: Interpretative Analysis And Conceptual Creativity

Time and place: May 15, 2018 10:00 AM12:00 PM, GM 652, University of Oslo

The 1st Social Epistemology Network Event (SENE)

 Time and place:May 22, 2018 9:00 AMMay 24, 2018 6:00 PM, University of Oslo

Workshop: Kant, Paradoxes and Conceptual Engineering

One-day workshop: Conceptlab and Conceptual Engineering

Time and place: Jun. 1, 2018 09:15 AM17:00 PM, GM 652, University of Oslo

Talk by Sarah Sawyer

Time and place: Jun. 5, 2018 10:15 AM12:00 PM, GM 652, University of Oslo

Conference: The Foundations of Conceptual Engineering

Time and place: September 14-15, Department of Philosophy, NYU. See the conference’s website for further details.


Past events

Talk by Shaun Nichols: “Referential ambiguity and discretion”

Time and place: Jan. 30, 2018 10:15 AM12:00 PM, GM 652, University of Oslo

ABSTACT: Eliminativist debates exhibit a familiar pattern in the history of philosophy. Eliminativists maintain that K doesn’t exist (where K might be morality, race, belief, etc.) because K is given its content by a false theory. This position is opposed by preservationists who say, in effect, Ks aren’t what we thought they were. Some philosophers maintain that the theory of reference will settle the issue between eliminativists and preservationists. In this talk, I’ll argue that (at least) two conventions regarding reference are available to speakers.  This affords an interpretive flexibility which allows us to make sense of the apparent disagreement between eliminativists and preservationists by charitably interpreting them as assuming different reference conventions.  In addition, once we allow that there are different reference conventions available, I suggest that we can take advantage of this in deciding which reference convention to use in a conversation.

Talk by Stephen Finlay: Defining Normativity

Time and place: Feb. 13, 2018 10:15 AM12:00 PM, GM 652, University of Oslo
ABSTRACT: This talk seeks to clarify debate over the nature, existence, extension, and analyzability of normativity, by investigating whether different philosophers’ claims are about the same subject or (as argued by Derek Parfit) they are using the terms ‘normative’ and ‘normativity’ with different meanings.  While I suggest the term may be multiply ambiguous, I also find reasons for optimism about a common subject-matter for metanormative theory.  This is supported by sketching a special hybrid view of normative judgment, perspectivism, that occupies a position between cognitivism and noncognitivism, naturalism and nonnaturalism, objectivism and subjectivism.  I explore three main fissures: between (i) the “normativity” of language/thought versus that of facts and properties, (ii) abstract versus substantive, and (iii) formal versus robust normativity.

Talk by Hannes Leitgeb

Time and place: Mar. 7, 2018, GM 652

Workshop: Engineering logical concepts

Time and place: Mar. 8, 2018Mar. 9, 2018, University of Oslo