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Workshop on Logic and Paradox (14-16 December 2016)


Idea and Motivation

This workshop is the first one in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network DIAPHORA, which is devoted to collaborative research on the nature of philosophical problems, their resilience, and the sources of persistent philosophical divergence in general. The workshop will focus on (i) solution strategies to logical paradoxes of truth and vagueness, and (ii) their metaphilosophical assessment.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network DIAPHORA serves as a European research and training platform for collaborative research on the nature of philosophical problems, their resilience and the sources of persistent divergence of expert opinion about them, and their relation to conflicts in the practical sphere.


First Day (14 December 2016)
Topic: Truth and the Liar Paradox.

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:00 Reception
10:00 - 11:30 Lavinia Picollo (MCMP/LMU Munich): Deflationism and Conservativity.
11:30 - 13:00 Martin Fischer (MCMP/LMU Munich): Paradox, Partiality and Proof Systems.
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break.
14:30 - 16:00 José Martinez (University of Barcelona): On Regressive Definitions.
16:00 - 17:30 Jonathan Dittrich (MCMP/LMU Munich): Substructural and Superstructural Approaches to Paradox.
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee Break
18:00 - 19:30 Hannes Leitgeb (MCMP/LMU Munich): Philosophy as Rational Reconstruction. Truth and Semantic Paradoxes as an Example.

Second Day (15 December 2016)
Topic: Vagueness and the Sorites Paradox.

09:30 - 11:30 Diaphora Board Meeting.
11:30 - 13:00 David Ripley (Connecticut): Are Sorites and Semantic Paradoxes a Single Phenomenon?
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break.
14:30 - 16:00 Peter Pagin (Stockholm University): Living with the Sorites.
16:00 - 17:30 Ali Abasnezhad (MCMP/LMU Munich): On the Semantic Representation of the Tolerance Principle.
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee Break.
18:00 - 19:30 Roundtable discussion: The Metaphilosophical Perspective on Logic and Paradox.
20:00 Workshop Dinner

Third Day (16 December 2016)
Training Day on Research Methods and Research Ethics.

10:00 - 11:30 Greg Wheeler (MCMP/LMU Munich): An Introduction to Machine Epistemology.
11:30 - 13:00 Esa Díaz-León (University of Barcelona): Issues of Gender, Bias, and Discussion Culture in Philosophy.


The MCMP gratefully acknowledges support by the "Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme" and the LMU Munich.

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