:: Calls :: Even if you haven’t seen Himma’s recent paper on Conceptual Jurisprudence, you might be interested in the 2016 Summer School on Conceptual Analysis with Julia Tanney (Kent), Frank Jackson (Australian National University), Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire) and Hans-Johann Glock (Zurich). The University of Zurich invites you to apply by April 15.
2016 Summer School on Conceptual Analysis
The summer school, which will take from August 14 to August 19, will focus on two fundamental questions:
• What is conceptual analysis?
• What are its strengths and weaknesses as a philosophical method?
Conceptual analysis played a very significant role in analytic philosophy up to the 1960s, when, in part under the influence of Quinean naturalism, it fell seriously out of favour. In the last 20 years or so, however, conceptual analysis has returned to the philosophical mainstream and is the subject of heated debate.
Frank Jackson has attempted to rehabilitate conceptual analysis within
the framework of two-dimensional semantics, which draws on the realist
semantics of Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam. David Chalmers, Robert
Stalnaker and Ned Block soon joined that debate. At the same time there
has been a renaissance of ‘classic’ conceptual analysis of a loosely
speaking pragmatist orientation. Its figureheads include Ludwig
Wittgenstein, Gilbert Ryle and Peter Strawson, and it is pursued by
Avner Baz, Peter Hacker and Julia Tanney among others.
Timothy Williamson’s (2007) outspoken critique of conceptual analysis
and of analyticity has generated a new phase in the debate, provoking
responses e.g. from Severin Schroeder and Hans-Johann Glock. Finally,
the rise of experimental philosophy raises the question of how
conceptual analysis is related to empirical linguistics and psychology,
a debate to which Constantine Sandis has contributed.
We will subject all these developments to critical scrutiny, covering
not just metaphilosophical topics but also issues in the philosophy of
mind, language and action.
The seminar will be conducted in English. Participation to the sessions
is free. Participants are expected to have done the reading of the
texts; readings will be made available. The accommodation including full
board costs 150 CHF per night. Financial support for PhD and MA students
of the University of Zurich may be available in certain cases.
The summer school will be held from Sunday, August 14 to Friday, August
19, 2016. To apply send a short CV (maximum 2 sides) and a short
covering letter explaining why you would like to attend the summer
school to Stefan Riegelnik firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is Friday 15 April 2016.
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