Campus Luigi Einaudi
Lungo Dora Siena 100, Turin
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EuNoC Workshop #2
Turin, September 22-23, 2016
The second workshop of the European Non-Categorical Thinking Project will take place at the University of Turin on September 22nd and September 23rd, Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100, room 3D136.
22/09 afternoon session (14-18)
Simon Hewitt (Leeds), Modal plural logic: a plea for humility
Gian Luca Pozzato (Turin), Internal calculi for Lewis' conditional logics of counterfactual reasoning
Katrin Schulz (Amsterdam)
23/09 morning session (9-13)
Francesco Berto (Amsterdam), Intentions for hyperintensions: a new take on logical omniscience
Arif Ahmed (Cambridge), Belief, blame and statistical evidence
Hykel Hosni (Milan), A logical perspective on prescriptive rationality
The European Non-Categorical Thinking Project
For creatures like us, it is natural to think non-categorically – in terms of the possible, the probable and the conditional. This fact prompts the following philosophical questions. Is non-categorical thinking indispensable, in any sense, to all practical and intellectual life? How should we think of reality and our cognitive relations to it in light of our answers to that question? Is our non- categorical thought an instrument that we need only because of our ignorance of how the world categorically is (cf Spinoza), or when we think non-categorically do we sometimes track a corresponding (probabilistic, modal or conditional) non-categorical reality? What are the best systematic (formal) representations of non-categorical thinking and how do these relate (normatively or otherwise) to our non- categorical thought? Has the practice of natural science settled some of these questions and if some of the questions are so settled how does that bear on the others? Can we look to the case of mathematics to find models of what practical and intellectual indispensability (of a way of thinking) might amount to and the epistemological and metaphysical implications of these models? The central purpose of the project is to develop questions about modalities, conditionals and probabilities – in the context of a unified theoretical framework: one that will promote applications of research programmes that have been successful in one sphere of categorical thought to the neighbouring regions.
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