Mini-symposium on “truth”
A collaboration of the Department of Philosophy and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, organized by Richard Moore.
14.00–15.45 Talk and discussion
Wolfgang Künne (Hamburg): “Is the truth operator (propositionally) redundant? Reflections on Bolzano and Frege”
16.00–17.45 Talk and discussion
Keith Simmons (Connecticut): “Semantic singularities”
The paper focuses on the semantic paradoxes about truth, reference and predication. I argue for a singularity approach to these paradoxes. One main claim is that the expressions ‘true’, ‘denotes’ and ‘extension’ are context-sensitive. The second main claim, suggested by a tantalizing remark of Gödel’s, is that these expressions apply everywhere except for certain singularities, where their application breaks down. I go on to explore the consequences of this approach for the deflationary view of our semantic expressions.
17.45–18.00 Closing remarks
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Room 144 (ground floor)