Scientific events postdoctoral program 2012–2018  

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”

15.45–16.00 Coffee

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
Luisenstraße 56
10117 Berlin
Room 144 (ground floor)