Gottlob Frege Lectures - François Recanati: Contextualism and Singular Reference
This years Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy will take place June 17-19 and are delivered by François Recanati on a subject "Contextualism and Singular Reference".
In the lectures professor Recanati will discuss three debates that have taken place in the philosophy of language since the mid-twentieth century. Firstly the debate between "ideal language philosophy" and "ordinary language philosophy" in the fifties and sixties, then the debate over speaker's reference and the attributive/referential distinction in the sixties and seventies, and the debate between contextualism and minimalism which started in the eighties and culminated a few years ago. These debates, he will argue, are facets of one and the same controversy over the foundations of semantics. The controversy is still alive today: it is a mistake to believe that the issue has settled by the arguments put forward by Geach, Grice and Kripke against their contextualist opponents.
Everyone interested is invited to participate. Please send an email to cohnitz [ät] ut.ee if You want attend the lectures, so we can estimate the number of participants.
More information on lecturer, lectures and backround from the Frege lectures webpage.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Cohnitz
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
mail: cohnitz [ät] ut.ee