EuNoC #2

September 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016
Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition, The University of Turin

Campus Luigi Einaudi
Lungo Dora Siena 100, Turin

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

All speakers:

Arif Ahmed
Cambridge University
Francesco Berto
University of Amsterdam
Simon Hewitt
University of Leeds
Hykel Hosni
University of Milan
Gian Luca Pozzato
University of Turin
Katrin Schulz
University of Amsterdam


Vincenzo Crupi
University of Turin
Andrea Iacona
University of 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

For inquiries, please contact Andrea Iacona ([email protected]) or Vincenzo Crupi ([email protected]).

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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