[PLing] CFA Metaphilosophy workshop with Stephen Yablo

C. Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum naomi.osorio at univie.ac.at
Wed Feb 6 21:27:27 CET 2019

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

Das WFAP setzt die Metaphilosophie-Serie heuer mit dem dritten Workshop
zu diesem Thema, diesmal mit Prof. Stephen Yablo (MIT), fort. Wir hoffen
auf zahlreiche, hochqualitative Beiträge und würden uns freuen, wenn
Sie/Ihr den nachstehenden Call for Abstracts an Interessierte
weiterleiten und sich/Euch den Termin für Ihre/Eure Teilnahme am
Workshop reservieren würdet. 


The Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy (WFAP) will host a 


on the topic 


on 2 August 2019 

 at the University of Vienna (Austria). 

One of the hottest topics in the philosophy of logic and language is
aboutness - what it is for a text to be about a subject matter. The
debate centres on Stephen Yablo's _Aboutness_ (2014). In this book, he
proposes an account of subject matter as the set of sets of possible
worlds making a statement true ("trueways") or false ("falseways"), and
explores its applications in a variety of areas, including confirmation
theory, epistemology and epistemic scepticism, truthmaking,
(pre-)supposition, fictional statements and metaphors. Since its
appearance, efforts have been made to develop competing accounts of
subject matter (e.g. by Fine (2018), Schipper (2017, 2018), Hawke
(2018)) and to apply aboutness in other areas (e.g. in
hyperintensionality (Leitgeb 2017, 2018), or imagination (Berto 2018)).
However, so far, aboutness has not been turned on philosophy. For this
3rd workshop in the WFAP's metaphilosophy series, we are therefore
inviting Stephen Yablo to consider what philosophy itself is about. 

The format of the workshop is as follows: The day will begin with a talk
by Stephen Yablo, which will be followed by 4 - 5 contributed papers.
All papers will be distributed among the participants in advance for
pre-reading. We invite advanced graduate students and early career
researchers to contribute high-quality papers on one of the following or
related topics, taking Yablo's work into account: 

 	* What role can aboutness play in philosophy?
 	* What role should aboutness play in philosophy?
 	* Is philosophy a subject matter?
 	* What is aboutness? What is a subject matter? What role do they play
in metaphilosophy?
 	* What sort of thing can have a subject matter?
 	* What is it to be partly about a subject matter? What is it to share
a subject matter?
 	* Does philosophy, or can philosophy, share (a) subject matter(s) with
other disciplines?
 	* Is a discipline defined by its subject matter?
 	* What role does a subject matter play in(self-) defining a

We especially encourage submissions from members of groups that are
underrepresented in philosophy. 


Abstracts of approximately 400 - 500 words should be in English and
prepared for blind review. The author's name, affiliation, the title of
the submitted paper, and email address must be included in a separate
document. Files should be submitted as PDFs and should be sent to: 

barbara.haas at univie.ac.at 

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Vienna Forum for
Analytic Philosophy and members of the Department of Philosophy at the
University of Vienna. Accepted papers should be suitable for a 45-minute
presentation and must be sent to the organizers in advance for
distribution among all participants. 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 April 2019



For any inquiries about the workshop, please contact:
naomi.osorio at univie.ac.at 

Vielen Dank im Voraus,

Barbara Haas
Paul Tucek 
C. Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum
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