[PAST EVENT] Philosophy Department Biennial Conference: Applied Neo-Pragmatism

September 21, 2018 - September 22, 2018
Williamsburg Lodge, Allegheny A/B Rooms
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We typically think of talk of morality, of psychological states, and of objects as true or false. But what makes them true or false? Philosophy has shown that this ordinary way of thinking sometimes leads to commitments to odd properties and to other problems as well. "Neo-pragmatism" is a recent attempt to demystify truth and related notions such as representation and fact. One part of the program involves avoiding reliance on any robust notion of truth altogether, and substituting another explanation of our talk about truth. Another part of the program appeals to usefulness in order to explain how moral talk, psychological talk, everyday object talk, and so on, emerged.

Our two-day conference will feature both the theoretical and applied aspects of neo-pragmatism. The emphasis is on how the neo-pragmatist program solves problems in such arenas as morality and psychology and allows us to think of these areas as factual.

For more information and the list of invited speakers, please follow the link to "More Information" below.


Professor Josh Gert [[jngert]] or Department Admnistrator, Debbie Wilson [[dswils]]