Make a note of this workshop on the Epistemology of Modality in Lisbon next summer. The topic is right up my alley, of course, and the list of of speakers is interesting, but unfortunately this overlaps exactly with the big European Philosophy of Science Association conference, which will be in Helsinki next year. Obviously I was hoping to attend that one… Tough choices!
International Workshop on the Epistemology of Modality
University of Lisbon, Faculty of Letters
29-31 August 2013
Van Inwagen once wrote (in his influential paper ‘Modal epistemology’ from 1998) that “modal epistemology is a subject about which little is known”. Today, the discipline has flourished. A lot has been written since then and research on the topic continues to be the focus of a large community of philosophers. We certainly know more today about the topic than we did in 1998, but it would be daring to say that our epistemic situation is much better. The discipline has witnessed a Rationalist Renaissance and is now witnessing what might end up being an anti-rationalist turn.
This workshop aims to provide a forum for discussion and to reflect, via the contributed talks and informal discussions, the state of art of the discipline.
David Chalmers (Australian National University; New York University)
Bob Hale (University of Sheffield; Northern Institute of Philosophy at Aberdeen; King’s College London)
Sonia Roca-Royes (University of Stirling)
Daniele Sgaravatti (Università dell’Aquila)
Anand Vaidya (San José State University)
João Branquinho (LanCog Group, University of Lisbon) and Sonia Roca-Royes (University of Stirling).
Call for Abstracts
We invite submissions of long abstracts (1000-2000 words) on any aspect in the epistemology of modality. The time slot is 90 minutes distributed thus: 50’ talk + 40’ discussion.
For refereeing purposes, abstracts should contain a clear statement of the thesis that will be defended in the talk as well as of the argumentative strategy. They should be prepared for blind-refereeing.
We aim at accepting 5 abstracts.
Submission Procedure: Please send your abstract to EpistemologyModalityLisbon@gmail.com as an attachment (.pdf preferred).
The subject of the e-mail should contain the word ‘submission’.
The body of the email should include your name, affiliation, abstract title, and the email address you want us to use to communicate with you.
Deadline for submissions: 28th February 2013.
Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance: 28th May 2013.
João Branquinho (Universidade de Lisboa); David Chalmers (Australian National University; New York University); Bob Hale (University of Sheffield; Northern Institute of Philosophy at Aberdeen; King’s College London); Sonia Roca-Royes (University of Stirling); Daniele Sgaravatti (Università dell’Aquila); and Anand Vaidya (San José State University).
There are no registration fees, but registration will be required. Details on how to register will follow in due course, before registration opens on the 1st of June 2013.
Sponsors of the Workshop:
LanCog – Research Group in Language, Mind and Cognition
FCT Project – Online Companion PTDC/FIL-FIL/121209/2010
FCT – Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, Ministério da Educação e Ciência
CFUL – Centro de Filosofia, Universidade de Lisboa
FLUL – Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
QREN – Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional