What is it?

The Unstructured Conference will take place at Rutgers University, New Brunswick on 22-23 April 2016, and will be on unstructured content – philosophical foundations and new developments. It is organized by Andy Egan, Dirk Kindermann, and Peter van Elswyk. See the description below for more detail and the call for papers for a non-exhaustive list of suitable topics.

Unstructured content

Conceptions of unstructured content take contents to be sets of possibilities, or circumstances, or conditions (or functions from such things to truth values). In recent years, a great variety of new conceptions of unstructured content have been developed and applied, often with great formal ingenuity. Debates on relativism and context-sensitivity more generally, on expressivism, de se attitudes, counterfactual attitudes, vagueness, truthmaker semantics, and many more bear witness to these developments. At the same time, not as much attention has been paid to the philosophical foundations of unstructured conceptions.

In sharp contrast, proponents of structured propositions have recently spent a great amount of their time developing and clarifying the foundations of their conceptions in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. This conference encourages new reflexion on the foundations of unstructured conceptions of content, the availability of existing foundational stories to new technical conceptions, the competitiveness of unstructured conceptions vis-a-vis structured conceptions as well as the relationship between the two conceptions. It also aims to establish renewed dialogue between, on the one hand, proponents of structured conceptions and of unstructured conceptions and, on the other hand, between proponents of the various conceptions and applications of unstructured content.

Speakers

Kit Fine
Philosophy - New York University
Jeffrey King Philosophy - Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Sarah Murray Linguistics - Cornell University
John Perry Philosophy - Stanford University
Robert Stalnaker Linguistics & Philosophy - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Susanna Schellenberg Philosophy - Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Stephen Yablo Linguistics & Philosophy - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.R.G. Williams Philosophy - University of Leeds
Friederike Moltmann Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Justin Bledin Philosophy - John Hopkins University
Kyle Rawlins Cognitive Science - John Hopkins University

Schedule

Abstracts for the talks can be found here.

Friday, April 22
9:30-10:50AM
Justin Bledin (John Hopkins University) & Kyle Rawlins (John Hopkins University) Resistance and Resolution in Discourse
15 minute coffee break
Friday, April 22
11:05-12:25PM
Jeffrey King (Rutgers) Unstructured Content
Catered lunch
Friday, April 22
1:30-2:50PM
Sarah Murray (Cornell) Unstructured Content, Structured Context
25 minute coffee break
Friday, April 22
3:15-4:35PM
Robert Stalnaker (MIT) Expressivism and Propositions
25 minute coffee break
Friday, April 22
5:00-6:20PM
John Perry (Stanford) The Great Detour
Dinner at the department
Saturday, April 23
9:30-10:50AM
Steve Yablo (MIT) Relevance and Minimality
15 minute coffee break
Saturday, April 23
11:05-12:25PM
J. Robert G. Williams (Leeds) The Grain and Ground of Doxastic Space
Catered lunch
Saturday, April 23
1:30-2:50PM
Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers) “Unstructured Content, Functions, and the Nature of Mental Representation
25 minute coffee break
Saturday, April 23
3:15-4:35PM
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) A Truthmaker Semantics for Modals and Attitude Verbs
25 minute coffee break
Saturday, April 23
5:00-6:20PM
Kit Fine (NYU) Conceptual Foundations for Truthmaker Semantics

Recordings and more

With consent of the speakers, audio recordings of the talks will be made. Check back here after the conference for audio files.

Directions

The conference will take place in the seminar room of the philosophy department. The philosophy department is located on the 5th floor of the Gateway Transit Building, which is located near the New Brunswick train station at 106 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The entrance to the Gateway Transit Building is located between Barnes & Noble and The Vue. The philosophy department is a 10 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. See below for walking directions.