Lewis: Representation in Mind and Language - Postponed

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

Cloth Hall court
Leeds LS1 2HA
United Kingdom

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Australian National University
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Event postponed due to coronavirus.

Event postponed due to coronavirus.

Event postponed due to coronavirus.

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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 philosophical matters arising specifically in relation to Lewis' theory of representation in mind and/or language.

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