The Society for the Metaphysics of Science is holding its fifth annual conference. Katherine Brading of Duke University will be the keynote speaker, and Max Kistler (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) will deliver a presidential address.
Professor Roberts’ areas of specialization are formal semantics and pragmatics. She has been working on long-term projects that pertain to projective meaning and natural language metaphysics. She will deliver a talk titled “The Character of Epistemic Modals in Natural Language: Evidential Indexicals.”
Professor Cohen’s research interests include the philosophy of agency, the philosophy of religion, ethical theory, and metaphysics. He will delver a talk titled “Idolatry and the Curious Case of Space Ba’al”.
Hartry Field’s current research focuses on objectivity and indeterminacy, a priori knowledge, causation, and the semantic and set-theoretic paradoxes. He will talk on “Epistemology from a “Naturalistic” (but not Reliabilist) Perspective.”
Amie L. Thomasson, professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College, will deliver a talk titled “How can we come to know metaphysical modal truths?”
Prof. Gertler’s research is focused on the philosophy of mind, particularly self-knowledge, mental content, consciousness, and the self. She will deliver a talk on “Rational Agency”.
Prof. Lascano’s research interests lie primarily in the history of early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics. She will deliver a talk on “Reconsidering Astell’s relation to Locke: Mary Astell’s account of God’s existence and human freedom.”
Laura Franklin-Hall, Associate Professor of Philosophy at New York University, researches problems in the philosophy of biology, the general philosophy of science, and metaphysics.
Prof. DeRosset’s research is focused on metaphysics and the philosophy of language, with a particular interest in the metaphysics of modality, and the utility and limits of explanation and reduction in metaphysics. He will deliver a talk titled “Skepticism about Grounding”.
Owen Pikkert, PhD candidate at U of T, works primarily in early modern philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion.
In her talk, “Logical Disagreement”, Prof. Hattiangadi investigates three approaches to the semantics of normative statements and judgments in application to logical disagreement, and argues that none of these semantic theories is able to provide an adequate account of what we disagree about when we disagree about logic.
The Society’s 11th Annual Conference will be co-hosted by the University of Toronto and McMaster University in 2017. Speakers at this two-day conference will include Julia Jorati (Ohio State University), Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State University), Martha Bolton (Rutgers University), and more.