mardi 23 septembre 2014

Hermeneutic Fictionalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (G. Contessa)

Conférence | Talk



(Carleton University)


Hermeneutic Fictionalism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Hermeneutic fictionalism (about some class of entities (e.g.: numbers, propositions, possible  worlds, moral properties, or aesthetic properties)) is the view that ordinary speakers engage with sentences that seem to refer to or quantify over those entities analogously to how they engage with the contents of works of fiction—i.e. by participating in an elaborate pretence. One standard objection to hermeneutic fictionalism is that pretence is luminous (i.e. one cannot pretend without knowing one is pretending) and that ordinary speakers do not usually see themselves as engaging in pretence when engaging in the relevant discourse. In this paper, I will argue that, contrary to what is usually assumed, one can engage in pretence without being fully aware of that fact that one is doing so.



Friday, September 26th, 2014
3:00pm

Carleton University
River Building

mardi 16 septembre 2014

La vie et l’après-vie d’un chien : Diogène le cynique et sa tradition (M. Sirois)

C’est avec grand plaisir que le Département des Études anciennes et Sciences des religions vous invite à participer à :
 
Une conférence intitulée
La vie et l’après-vie d’un chien : Diogène le cynique et sa tradition

 
Conférencier
Université McGill


Diogène de Sinope est une figure évasive et difficile à cerner dans l’histoire de la philosophie.  La biographie et la doxographie de ce personnage haut en couleur sont obscurcies par leur quasi absence de témoignages contemporains, mais Diogène demeure un philosophe incoutournable bien qu’inusité.  La conférence mettra en relief quelques “faits” et abordera la question de la tradition (évidemment, et nécessairement, littéraire) de Diogène.  Entre Histoire et fiction, que peut-on réellement savoir de la vie et la pensée de Diogène?  Et comment peut-on caractériser la tradition par laquelle il nous est connu?

 
Heure
14h30
19 septembre 2014
 

 
Lieu
Salle SMD 123
Pavillon Simard
Université d’Ottawa
60 University, Ottawa
 

 
Une colation légère sera servie
 

 
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Geoffrey Greatrex : 613-562-5800 x. 5808 ou greatrex@uOttawa.ca

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jeudi 11 septembre 2014

Justification of Deduction and Induction (F. Huber)

Conférence | Talk


(University of Toronto)


Justification of Deduction and Induction



This talk will cover some, but not all parts of a rather lengthy paper. The latter's thesis is that we can justify induction deductively, and that we can justify deduction inductively. I will begin by presenting my preferred variant of Hume (1739; 1748)'s argument for the thesis that we cannot justify the principle of induction. Then I will criticize the responses the resulting problem of induction has received by Carnap (1963; 1968) and by Goodman (1954), as well as briefly praise Reichenbach (1938; 1940)'s approach. 
Some of these authors compare induction to deduction. Haack (1976) compares deduction to induction, and I will critically discuss her argument for the thesis that we cannot justify the principles of deduction next. In concluding I will defend the thesis that we can justify induction by deduction, and deduction by induction, and that we can do so in a non-circular way. Along the way I will show how we can understand deduction and induction as normative theories, and I will argue that there are only hypothetical, but no categorical imperatives.


Friday, September 19th, 2014
3:00pm

University of Ottawa
Desmarais Hall (55, Laurier East)
Room 8161

mercredi 10 septembre 2014

Hegel Workshop

Atelier | Workshop



Hegel's Logic

John Burbidge (Trent University – Emeritus), noted Hegel scholar (The Logic of Hegel’s Logic) and external examiner for Wesley Furlotte’s upcoming PhD thesis defence, has agreed to lead an informal discussion on Hegel’s Logic (his own experience with its challenges, solutions etc.)

Source : Wikipedia
Friday, September 19th, 2014
3:00pm

University of Ottawa
Desmarais Building
Room 9143