Sesión del 23 de Junio de 2010

Hola a todos, la próxima sesión del seminario general del Grupo de Excelencia será el 23 de junio a las 10.30 horas en el seminario 238. Comentaremos el texto de Martin Andor “Brandom on material inference”. Os adjunto el artículo en un documento pdf. Brandom on material inference

Sesión del 13 de Abril de 2010

Hola a todos, la próxima sesión del seminario general del Grupo de Excelencia será el 13 de abril a las 13 horas en el seminario 238. Comentaremos el texto de Neil Sinclair “Recent Work in Expressivism”. Aquí está el enlace al artículo: Sinclair 2009. Aún no hay voluntarios para presentarlo, os animamos a que participéis.

Una conversación con el Papa

Proponemos el siguiente fragmento del texto de Frápolli y Villanueva “Minimal Expressivism” para continuar online la discusión iniciada en la última sesión del seminario. En esta entrada sí se permiten comentarios.

“Would anyone be willing to talk to a shaman? What about the Pope? Of course, people cue to be in the presence of those who are connected to the Divine, but do they do that because they want to have a chat with them? They want to receive some advice, some guidance for a better life, comfort or warning concerning their future, but surely they will not discuss the nuisances of last seasonʼs Champions League for their favourite team, the psychological details of a Dostoyevskiʼs character, or the best way to reform the public education system in southern European countries. And the reason is: a shaman, or the Pope, do not talk. They certainly utter words that we all can understand, some might say that the sentences they produce are even meaningful, but we still would not engage in conversation with them, because nothing but the Truth can be expected from them. Both the justification of the things they say, and the special use of the words they exhibit, are not subjected to revision. When somebody acts as if their access to reality was unmediated by propositional attitudes, and therefore immune to error, we simply cannot interact with them as rational speakers.”

Sesión del 9 de marzo

Hola a todos, la próxima sesión del seminario general del Grupo de Excelencia será el 9 de marzo a las 13 horas en el seminario 238. Stavros Assimakopoulos nos hablará acerca de la noción de procedural meaning y de sus relaciones con el expresivismo. Aquí va un pequeño adelanto:

Procedural Meaning: State of the art and potential future directions.

Stavros Assimakopoulos (stavros@ugr.es)

It is common practice in the tradition of formal semantics to equate the meaning of a sentence with the specification of the conditions under which it is true. In this setting, a lexical item’s meaning is equated with its stable contribution to the truth conditions of all the sentences in which it appears. From the cognitive perspective that Relevance Theory adopts, truth-conditional lexical meaning is best viewed as conceptual, in the sense that it comprises representational information about the lexical item at hand. However, not all expressions carry conceptual content. There are certain classes of lexical items whose function is cognitively procedural rather than conceptual, i.e. they encode computational specifications of how to manipulate the linguistic structure they are part of. From Blakemore’s first systematic treatment of procedural meaning within Relevance Theory up to this point, there has been an impressive amount of research conducted in the area, which deals not only with certain classes of lexical expressions but also with linguistic aspects pertaining to the grammatical system and even phonological properties. In this talk, I will present the theoretical construct of procedural meaning as it is currently perceived within Relevance Theory, present its advantages over other alternatives as well as certain problems that arise from its current treatment and discuss certain research directions that seem to be worth pursuing in the future.

Sesión del 18 de febrero

Hola a todos, la próxima sesión del seminario general del Grupo de Excelencia será el 18 de febrero a las 11 de la mañana en el seminario 238. María José Frápolli Sanz y Neftalí Villanueva Fernández expondrán su trabajo “Minimal Expressivism”.

Sesión del 17 de diciembre

La próxima sesión del seminario general del proyecto de excelencia será el 17 de diciembre a las 11:45, en la sala 238. Tendremos la oportunidad de discutir el trabajo de Murali Ramachandran (University of Sussex).

Sesión del 17 de noviembre

La próxima sesión del seminario general del proyecto de excelencia será el 17 de noviembre a las 11:45, en la sala 238. Comentaremos el texto de Hartry Field “Apriority as an Evaluative Notion”, que se encuentra en Boghossian and Peacocke (eds) New Essays on the a priori, Oxford: OUP.

Aquí los textos que hemos visto hasta ahora: Glock, Hook y Putnam-Acero.