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  • 19 December 2017, Logic of Conceivability seminar, Hannes Leitgeb

    Speaker: Hannes Leitgeb
    Title: HYPE: A System of Hyperintensional Logic (With an Application to Semantic Paradoxes)
    Date & Time: Tuesday 19 December 2017, 16:00-18:00
    Location: ILLC seminar room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    Hannes Leitgeb will give a special Logic of Conceivability seminar in which he will talk of his own system of hyperintensional logic: HYPE.

  • 20 - 22 December 2017, 21st Amsterdam Colloquium (AC'2017), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Date: 20 - 22 December 2017
    Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Deadline: Friday 1 September 2017

    The Amsterdam Colloquia aim at bringing together linguists, philosophers, logicians, cognitive scientists and computer scientists who share an interest in the formal study of the semantics and pragmatics of natural and formal languages. The 21st Amsterdam Colloquium will feature two workshops on Causality and Semantics and on Formal and Distributional Perspectives on Meaning; and one evening lecture, jointly organized with the E.W. Beth Foundation.

    For more information, see
  • (New) 20 December 2017, E.W. Beth Lecture, Stewart Shapiro

    Speaker: Stewart Shapiro
    Title: Open texture, and its ramifications for logic and semantics
    Date & Time: Wednesday 20 December 2017, 20:30-21:30
    Location: D0.09, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Changed!)

    This year's E. W. Beth Lecture will be given by Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University, Columbus), well known
    for his work on the Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophical Logic, and Philosophy of Language.

    The purpose of this talk is to articulate and evaluate Waismann's notion of open-texture. We contrast this notion with the more well-known accounts of analyticity articulated by the logical positivists, Rudolf Carnap in particular, the rejection of analyticity by W. V. O. Quine, and its subsequent defense by Grice and Strawson. One underlying theme is how far open-texture reaches. Do we follow Waismann and restrict it to empirical predicates, or is the phenomenon more general, applying even in science and mathematics? Our goal is to explore the extent to which the Waismannian insights bear on the enterprise of natural language semantics and of the model-theoretic notion of logical consequence. Does the fact that contemporary model theory, and
    many of the models for lexical semantics, allow no room for open-texture tell against those enterprises, as they are currently practiced?

    The E.W. Beth lecture is part of the Amsterdam Colloquium 2017. Drinks will be served after the lecture in Kapitein Zeppos.

    For more information, see or contact Frank Veltman at .

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