The Fourth Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC 2018) with a main theme: "Conditionals: Truth-Conditions, Probability, and Causality"

November 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University

No. 18, SiYuan Street
Taipei 100

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Birkbeck College
Australian National University

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The Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC-series, TPLCs for short) is one of two series of biennial conferences established since 2012 and is hosted by Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. (The other is the series of Taiwan Metaphysics Colloquium (TMC-series, TMCs for short), established since 2013). Funding is mainly sourced from annual donation by Ms. Wendy Huang and Shun Yih Ltd. The primary concern of this funding is to enhance the research of logic and analytic philosophy in Taiwan.

The aim of TPLCs is to provide a forum for dialogues amongst philosophers and logicians with regard to a variety of significant issues and topics from philosophical and logical perspectives. We intend to bring together a group of logic-minded philosophers and philosophically oriented logicians. We hope that TPLCs and TMCs will become a series of inspiring events so as to promote the development of logic and analytic philosophy, especially philosophical logic and metaphysics in Asian area, especially in Taiwan.

In order to bring in more philosophical discussions in TPLCs, the organizing committee has decided that for each TPLC, henceforth, a particular topic/issue/problem, which has involved some philosophical debates, will be set as the main theme. We are hoping that, apart from the general topics in philosophical logic, there could be a certain portion (say, half) of talks focusing on the main theme. The main theme of TPLC 2018 will be “Conditionals: Truth-Conditions, Probability and Causality”. 

Conditional is undoubtedly one of the most important, and yet controversial, philosophical topics in philosophy. What is the nature of conditionals? Specifically, what is the difference between indicative conditionals and subjunctive ones? Do either indicative conditionals or subjunctive conditionals have truth conditions? If either do, what are their truth conditions?  While enormous efforts have been devoted to these questions (and more others), there is undoubtedly plenty of room for further exploration. 

This year, the Fourth Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium (TPLC 2018) will set the research of conditionals as its main theme. We are hoping that apart from non-classical logics, the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and general topics in philosophical logic, more and more attention can be paid to the study of conditionals.  


Churn-Jung Liau (Academia Sinica)

Edwin Mares (Victoria University of Wellington)

Hiroakira Ono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Katie Steele (Australian National University)

Jiji Zhang (Lingnan University)

And more to come.

ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE (in alphabetical order):  

Duen-Min Deng (National Taiwan University)

Kok Yong Lee (National Chung Cheng University)

Churn-Jung Liau (Academia Sinica)

Hsuan-Chih Lin (Birkbeck, University of London)

Hiroakira Ono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Shih-Ping Tung (Chung Yuan Christian University)

Syraya Chin-Mu Yang (National Taiwan University)

Jiji Zhang (Lingnan University)

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