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29-30 August 2008, Graduate Philosophy Conference on Normativity, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam.

Date: 29-30 August 2008
Location: Universiteitsbibliotheek, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam.
Deadline: 15 June 2008

It has been strongly argued that human rationality, language, and meaning are intrinsically normative, and that as such they cannot be described in purely naturalistic terms. But how are we conceive of normativity? Taking this question as our starting point, we are interested in bringing together young researchers who are working towards a model that helps explain the nature of norms underlying human cognition and (linguistic) behaviour.

We are happy to announce that the conference's two confirmed keynote speakers are:
- James O'Shea (University College Dublin)
- Allan Gibbard (University of Michigan)

We invite papers on a broad range on topics relating to this theme. Contributions may concern - but need not be limited to - the following questions:
- What is normativity and what are its sources?
- How do norms differ from causes?
- How relevant is normativity in accounting for meaning in natural language?
- What is the nature of norms in human reasoning and decision-making and how do they bind us?
- How do social practices and individual factors determine or constrain norms underlying human reasoning?
- What is the normative force of conventions in communication?

For further information, you can visit the conference website at: http://www.illc.uva.nl/normativity/ or contact: .

Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2008.

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