Lewis: Representation in Mind and Language

March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds

University of Leeds
United Kingdom

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Australian National University
New York University
University of Leeds
Stockholm University
Australian National University
Australian National University
University of Notre Dame
University of Antwerp
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To register, please email lewisrepresentation@gmail.com. Registration is free. To ensure adequate catering and space, please register by 2nd March.


Over the course of about three decades and more than a dozen separate works, David Lewis developed a unique — and uniquely sophisticated — theory of mental and linguistic representation. Starting from a relatively simple base of purely physical facts about an agent, Lewis tells us how to derive that agent’s beliefs and desires. With our knowledge of the beliefs and desires of a community we can then derive what conventions they follow. This affords us access to the meanings of sentences in their language, and in turn the meanings of the words from which those sentences are composed. The result, if it works, is a more or less complete picture of how meaning and intentionality fit into the natural world.

The focus of this workshop will be on any aspect of Lewis’ theory of representation in mind and/or language. The line up of speakers includes:

- David Austin                            (University of York)

- Cian Dorr                               (New York University)

- Edward Elliott                          (University of Leeds)

- Anandi Hattiangadi         (Stockholm University)

- Liz Jackson & Justin D’Ambrosio         (Australian National University)

- Jessica Keiser                          (University of Leeds)

- Daniel Nolan                            (University of Notre Dame)

- Brad Saad                               (University of Antwerp)

- Roger White                             (University of Leeds)

- Robbie Williams                         (University of Leeds)


To register, please email lewisrepresentation@gmail.com. Registration is free. To ensure adequate catering and space, please register by 2nd March.

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