Falsity II -- Negation, Fiction and Rejection
This is the second workshop in a series that puts the focus on a neglected notion: Falsity. Philosophers and logicians usually prefer truth. But falsity and its cognates, negation, denial, rejection and incompatibility deserve at least as much attention. At last year's workshop, entitled "Falsity -- not just Truth's poor relation!", we discussed the problems ancient philosophers encountered in explaining the possibility of false beliefs, arguments for the existence of negative facts, the explanation of negation in terms of a metaphysically primitive notion of incompatibility and the psychological advantage false beliefs can have. This year, we'll pick up on the theme of incompatibility within inferentialist and expressivist accounts of negation, issues surrounding falsity in fictions and the rejection of existence.
Confirmed speakers and commentators are María José Frápolli (UCL/Granada), Giulia Felappi (Southampton), Andreas Kapsner (Munich), Simon Hewitt (Leeds), Mark Textor (KCL) and Sarah Tropper (KCL).
The workshop will be held on 25 June 2016 in the Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London.
11:00 Tea, coffee and biscuits
11:30 María José Frápolli: Incompatibility and Negation. An Inferentialist Narrative
Comment: Giulia Felappi
13:00 Lunch Break (own arrangements)
14:00 Andreas Kapsner: Logic, Fiction, Falsity
Comment: Simon Hewitt
15:30 More tea, coffee and biscuits
16:00 Mark Textor: Acknowledgement, Rejection and Existence
Comment: Sarah Tropper
Abstracts for the talks are here.
Place: Room M532, Birkbeck Main Buidling, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Attendance is free, but please register your interest by emailing me.