1st Annual UConn Philosophy Graduate Conference (on Realism and Anti-Realism)
Abstr. due: 01.09.2014
Dates: 08.11.14 — 08.11.14
Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers: Philosophy Department, University of Connecticut
n the first chapter of Crispin Wright's seminal book Truth and Objectivity he identifies three paradigms of the realism/anti-realism debate which we might call:
1. Semantic realism: The claim that the truth of some given propositions are determined independently of any standard given by us or any ability to be verified by us.
2. Entity realism: The claim that there are actually entities which can be the referent of our statements about some domain and thus make those statements true.
3. Factual realism: The claim that assertions have substantial truth conditions, i.e. are capable of being (substantially) true or false.
These three paradigms allow us to identify at least three ways to be an anti-realist about some domain, corresponding to the above three paradigms: constructivism, fictionalism and noncognitivism.
We welcome papers on the type of debate between realism and anti-realism covered above in any area of philosophy, including but not limited to: moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics. Talks will be 30 minutes long, so please keep submissions to 3500 words or less.
Conference Web-Site: http://events.uconn.edu/event/32109/2014-11-08
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