Masterclass on Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic

March 5, 2019 - March 7, 2019
Department of Humanities and Life Sciences, IUSS Pavia

1.14 / 1.15
Palazzo del Broletto, Piazza della Vittoria,15
Pavia 27100

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University of Bergen
University of Bergen


Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

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IUSS Philosophy Masterclass

Epistemology of Mathematics and Logic Project

IUSS/UniSR PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of Mind

NEtS Centre @ IUSS Pavia

In collaboration with the Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic Project, University of Bergen

Ole Hjortland (Unibversity of Bergen)- IUSS Visiting Scholar

Benjamin Martin (University of Bergen)

Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic

March 5-7, 2019

i) Lecture I (March 5, 14:00-16:00, Room 1.14)

Session One: What is logical exceptionalism?

Session Two: Early anti-exceptionalism

ii) Lecture II (March 6, 16:00-18:00, Room 1.15)

Session One: Contemporary anti-exceptionalism
Session Two: Looking at logical methodology

iii) Lecture III (March 7, 11:00-13:00, Room 1.14)

Session One: Abductivism & selection criteria
Session Two: Challenges to anti-exceptionalism

The historical consensus is that logic is special in some sense. For example, that logical laws are both formal and general in a way that other laws are not, and that logical knowledge is immediate and non-inferential in a way that other knowledge is not. Yet, it is now recognised there are significant problems facing logical exceptionalism, due both to general philosophical concerns over apriori sources of evidence, and exceptionalism’s failure to accommodate actual logical practice. In response to these concerns, logical anti-exceptionalism proposes that the special nature of logic and its laws have been significantly exaggerated. In this masterclass we provide an overview of the debate between exceptionalism and anti-exceptionalism: we outline the ways in which logic has historically been considered special, explain how past and current versions of anti-exceptionalism challenge this view, and discuss the challenges facing anti-exceptionalism.

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