Workshop on Jessica Keiser's 'Non-Ideal Foundations of Language'

May 17, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Yale University

HQ Room 136
320 York Street
New Haven
United States


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Jessica Keiser's first book 'Non-Ideal Foundations of Language' challenges traditional, highly idealized models for theorizing about language and presents a new, non-ideal foundational theory (responding to the work of Grice, Lewis and Stalnaker) which aims to better account for a diverse range of social and political linguistic phenomena. 

This workshop brings together some of the most prominent and influential philosophers of language to discuss features of Keiser's book and its impact in shaping the burgeoning field of social and political philosophy of language. 

There will be presentations from Luvell Anderson, Elisabeth Camp, Justin Khoo and Jennifer Saul as well as concluding remarks from Jessica Keiser.

This one-day workshop will begin at 9.45am. Breakfast will be available to workshop attendees from 9am and lunch will also be catered. The venue is room 136 of the Humanities Quadrangle on 320 York Street. 

Full schedule:

  • 09.00-09.45 Breakfast
  • 09.45-10.00 Introductory remarks
  • 10.00-10.50 Justin Khoo, Don’t Compromise Your Ideals 
  • 11.00-11.50 Jennifer Saul, Grice as Non-Ideal Theorist? 
  • 11.50-13.30 Lunch break 
  • 13.30-14.20 Luvell Anderson, Critical Philosophy of Language 
  • 14.30-15.20 Elisabeth Camp, Attention, Indirection, and Accountability
  • 15.20-16.00 Tea break 
  • 16.00-17.30 Concluding remarks from Jessica Keiser    

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