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Workshop: What contexts can and cannot do

Hamburg, 7-8 April 2017

Contact: Julia Zakkou

Speakers:

Claudia Bianchi
Daniel Gutzmann
Dirk Kindermann
Jeff King
Craige Roberts
Andreas Stokke
Emanuel Viebahn

Location:

Hauptgebäude, AS Saal
Universität Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1
20146 Hamburg

Schedule:

Friday, April 7
10 am – 11.30 am Craige Roberts: “Indexicality: Center and Perspective
11.30 am – 11.45 am coffee break
11.45 am – 1.15 pm Dirk Kindermann: “Knowledge & Anaphora”
1.15 pm – 2.45 pm lunch break
2.45 pm – 4.15 pm Daniel Gutzmann: “How you can (and can’t) update contexts”
4.15 pm – 4.30 pm coffee break
4.30 pm – 6 pm Andreas Stokke
Conference dinner: 8 pm, Balutschi
Saturday, April 8
10 am – 11.30 am Jeff King
11.30 am – 11.45 am coffee break
11.45 am – 1.15 pm Emanuel Viebahn: “Selecting Meanings”
1.15 pm – 2.45 pm lunch break
2.45 pm – 4.15 pm Claudia Bianchi: “The Context of Hate

Find us on the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar: http://baal.org.uk/slxevents.html.


Discussion group (SPB – Sprachphilosophie Berlin)

Berlin, 3 February 2017

Dirk Kindermann: “Knowledge and embedded implicatures”

Abstract: How should we account for the contextual variability of knowledge ascriptions? Many invariantists favour an account on which such contextual variability is due entirely to pragmatic factors, leaving no interesting context-sensitivity in the semantic meaning of “know that”. In this paper, I reject  this invariantist division of labor. I argue that pragmatic invariantists face a dilemma: Either they have no principled story of the whole variety of occurrences of “S knows/doesn’t know that p”, including occurrences embedded within larger linguistic constructions (e.g. conditionals, attitude verbs, evidentials, modals, comparatives, …); that is, they face a distinctive version of the problem of embedded implicatures. Or they must opt for pragmatic accounts that undermine the invariantist dogma that there is one (semantic) meaning of “know” that captures knowledge (rather than some nearby epistemic relation). The paper sheds new and more systematic light on the interaction of knowledge sentences with embedding expressions as well as on the constraints we should respect when applying pragmatic accounts to the solution of philosophical issues.

Everybody welcome. Please get in touch with Dirk.

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