CFP: Frege meets modern pragmatics

Submission deadline: February 29, 2024

Conference date(s):
June 6, 2024 - June 7, 2024

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Conference Venue:

University of Duisburg-Essen
Essen, Germany

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Gottlob Frege is often considered the founding father of modern semantics, but his work also contains numerous observations on pragmatic issues such as indexicals, (illocutionary) force, presupposition, and colouring.

It has often been assumed that Frege mentions these issues only to brush them aside and that his account of pragmatic phenomena therefore does not deserve much attention. More recently, however, scholars such as Laurence Horn (2007, 2013) and Lauri Karttunen (2016) have argued that Frege offers a “versatile and subtle toolkit” (Horn 2007) for analysing pragmatic factors.

The aim of the workshop is to take a fresh look at Frege’s toolkit and to evaluate the prospects for a “Fregean pragmatics”.

The workshop is part of the project “Zur Aktualität von Freges Pragmatik”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

There will be no conference fee.

We welcome submissions on any issue related to the topic of the workshop. Please send either a paper or a sufficiently detailed abstract (prepared for blind review) by 29 February 2024 to [email protected]. Papers should be suitable for a presentation of 30-45 minutes. All speakers will receive financial support of up to 400 EUR. Selected papers will be announced approximately four weeks after the deadline.

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#Gottlob Frege, #Pragmatics