Metaphysical and moral ramifications of the logic and semantics of mass and plural quantification and predication

October 12, 2012 - October 13, 2012
Bogazici University



Irem Kurtsal Steen
Bogazici University
Thomas McKay
Syracuse University
David Nicolas
Institut Jean Nicod
William Wringe
Bilkent University

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The first day consists of educational seminars on the logic and semantics of mass and plural expressions, so people should feel comfortable showing up who know nothing about the topic.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, October 12

12:30-2:00   – Lunch at the Kennedy Lodge
3:15-4:45     – David Nicolas educational seminar: “The Logic of Mass Expressions”
4:45-5:00     – Break
5:00-6:30     – Thomas McKay educational seminar: “Plurals and Distribution”
7:00            – Dinner, location TBA

Saturday, October 13

10-12          – William Wringe: “Who are We, What Are We Doing and Are We Harming the Worst-Off? Pogge’s Problem with Plurals.”
12-1:00       – Lunch on your own
1:00 3:00    – David Nicolas, “Mass Nouns and Plural Logic”
3:00-3:15    – Break
3:15-5:15    – Irem Kurtsal Steen, “LOL! No x is a cat, but some Xs are-a-cat”
5:15-5:30    – Break
5:30-7:30    – Thomas McKay, “From Mass to Plural”
7:30-          – Dinner, location TBA

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