Bad Ideas

May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds

Leeds Humanities Research Institute
29-31 Clarendon Place
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom


  • ERC Nature of Representation Project


Derek Ball
University of St. Andrews
Delia Belleri
University of Vienna
Esa Díaz-León
University of Barcelona
Katharine Jenkins
University of Nottingham
David Plunkett
Dartmouth College
Kevin Scharp
University of St. Andrews


Daniel Elstein
University of Leeds

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Do certain mistakes in thought and action involve mental representations that are not simply false but have bad constituents - defective concepts or bad ideas? What cases are important and illuminating, and what should we say about them? Do defective concepts exist, and if so what makes them bad and what can be done about them?


Monday, May 22nd:

10.30 – 11.00 Registration & coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Esa Díaz-León (Barcelona) – ‘Descriptive vs. Ameliorative Projects: The Role of Normative Considerations’

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 David Plunkett (Dartmouth) – ‘What Are/Should We Be Doing When We Do Normative Inquiry?’

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.00 Delia Belleri (Hamburg/Vienna) – ‘The Bad Conceptual Ethics of (Neo) Carnapian Deflationism’

Tuesday, May 23rd:

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Katharine Jenkins (Nottingham) – ‘Defective Concepts and Ontic Injustice’

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Kevin Scharp (St Andrews) – 'Replacing Naturalness'

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.00 Derek Ball (St Andrews) – 'The Explanatory Inefficacy of the Hypothesis of Incoherent Concepts (or, There Are No Bad Ideas)'

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May 22, 2017, 5:30am BST

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