Conditionals: Philosophical and Linguistic Issues
|Application deadline:||16 February, 2009|
|Course Directors:||Barry Loewer, Rutgers, Philosophy Department, New Brunswick, USA |
Jason Stanley, Rutgers, Philosophy Department, New Brunswick, USA
|Faculty:|| Dorothy Edgington, University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy, Magdalen College and University of London, Birkbeck College, UK |
Alan Hajek, Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences, Philosophy Program, Canberra, Australia
Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts, Department of Linguistics, Amherst, USA
Robert Stalnaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, Cambridge, USA
The aims of this summer school are 1) to teach and discuss recent philosophical and linguistic advances on our understanding of conditionals and 2) to promote discussions among the faculty and participants of issues involving conditionals from the perspectives of linguistics, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of science 3) to help establish a network of young researchers on issues in philosophy of language and philosophical logic.
The course will cover
- an introduction to the main ideas needed for an understanding of recent work on conditionals including the basics of modal logic, probability theory, and linguistics;
- the main accounts of the linguistics and semantics of indicative and subjunctive conditionals;
- the connections between probability and conditionals;
- connections between conditionals and other philosophical concepts including laws, causation, knowledge, the direction of time.