Imperatives: Worlds and Beyond

June 12, 2016 - June 13, 2016
Department of Philosophy, Universität Hamburg

Sitzungssaal des Akademischen Senats
Edmund Siemers Alle 1
Hamburg 20146


  • Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

All speakers:

Maria Aloni
University of Amsterdam
Ivano Ciardelli
University of Amsterdam
Kit Fine
New York University
Magdalena Kaufmann
University of Connecticut
Paul Portner
Georgetown University
Werner Stelzner
Universität Bremen
Peter Vranas
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Benjamin Schnieder
Universität Hamburg
Robert Schwartzkopff
Universität Hamburg

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Professor Kit Fine will use his Anneliese Maier Research Prize of the German Humboldt Foundation to finance a series of workshops on truthmaker semantics and related topics. The workshops will be organized by the Phlox research group under the auspices of Professor Benjamin Schnieder.

Imperatives: Worlds and Beyond, the second instalment of the series, will take place at the University of Hamburg on June 12th and 13th 2016. Thematically, the event will focus on alternative approaches to imperatives that go beyond the usual possible worlds approach.

Attendance will be free but participants are asked to register with the organizers.

Information concernig e.g. the titles of the taks and the events schedule will be publicised once they become available.

Update 1: Provisional Programm

Maria Aloni & Ivano, Ciardelli: Choice offering imperatives in inquisitive and truthmaker semantics

Kit Fine: Imperatives: A Truthmaker Approach

Magdalena Kaufmann: Embedded imperatives

Paul Portner: Imperatives and Subjunctives

Werner Stelzner: Derived imperatives and the guidance of behavior

Peter Vranas: New foundations for imperative logic

Update 2: Student Bursaries

Up to five stipends, each in the amount of 400 Euro, will be available for graduate students to help finance their visit of the workshop.

In order to apply, please send a CV as well as cover page including your name, affiliation, contact information, and a brief statement of no more than 250 words, briefly explaining how your research would benefit from attending the workshop, to

The application deadline is March 16th 2016. We aim to arrive at decisions no later than April 15th 2016.

Update 3: Finalized Program

Sunday, June 12th

11:00 Magdalena Kaufmann - Embedded imperatives

14:00 Paul Portner - Imperatives, infinitives, and subjunctives

16:00 Peter Vranas - New foundations for imperative logic

Monday, June 13th 

10:00 Werner Stelzner - Derived imperatives and the guidance of behavior

13:00 Maria Aloni & Ivano, Ciardelli - Choice offering imperatives in inquisitive and truthmaker semantics

15:00 Kit Fine - Imperatives: a truthmaker approach

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