CFP: Empirical Methods of Linguistics in Philosophy

Submission deadline: December 1, 2013

Conference date(s):
March 13, 2014 - March 14, 2014

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Conference Venue:

Institute of Philosophy and Political Science, TU Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

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The “experimental philosophy” movement has recently gained some momentum in the philosophical community. The movement’s basic idea is to introduce experimental methods (other than thought experiments) or, more broadly conceived, empirical methods to philosophy. Appropriated from the experimental paradigm in psychology, the method most often employed in experimental philosophy arguably is the use of questionnaires. Using experimental studies of this kind in philosophy may serve a number of purposes. A prominent one is to supplement the more traditional tools of analytic philosophy which are used in conceptual analyses of philosophically interesting terms. However, there is also a variety of other (at least partially) empirical methods in linguistics, e.g. corpus analysis, etymology, discourse analysis or field studies, which could also be used for a variety of similar purposes.  The guiding questions of the workshop are: Which empirical methods from linguistics have been applied in philosophy already? To which end? Where and how could such methods be applied? What are the potential benefits, what are the limits of their application?

The workshop brings together researchers who implement empirical methods from linguistics in their philosophical research. Although the focus of the workshop is on the use of such methods in philosophy, both philosophers and linguists will be involved. Each of the workshop sessions will open with a paper demonstrating the application of a specific linguistic method in philosophy. This paper will be followed by two peer commentaries, one by a linguist, the other by a philosopher.

The primary purpose of the workshop is exploratory: The potential applications, the benefits and the limits of linguistic methods in philosophy stand in need of clarification. The secondary purpose is to create a networking opportunity for researchers who employ (and those who intend to employ) empirical methods from linguistics in philosophy.

– Call for Papers –

At this stage, we are looking for philosophers or linguists interested in contributing papers to open the workshop sessions (peer reviews will be solicited at a later stage).

We invite contributions from philosophers and linguists in all stages of their career. Please send us an abstract of a paper suitable for a presentation of 30 to 40 minutes. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be submitted in .pdf,.doc or .rtf format. In order to facilitate blind reviewing, the abstract should be anonymous. But please let us have your name, affiliation and contact details in the cover email. Abstracts should be e-mailed to Roland.Bluhm [at] Receipt of submission will be confirmed by e-mail.

The extended deadline for receipt of submissions is 1st December 2013. We will notify authors of the decision regarding their papers by the 15th of December.

– Organiser –

For any further information, please contact the workshop organiser, Roland Bluhm, via Roland.Bluhm [at]

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#Experimental Philosophy, #Empirical Philosophy