Honoring Josef Stern

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago is organizing a conference in honor of Josef Stern, William H. Colvin Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and in the College, and Inaugural Director of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. The conference will be an occasion to honor Josef Stern’s work and his contributions to the University, where he retired in the Spring quarter 2016 after having taught almost continuously since 1979.

The conference will be held at the Franke Institute for the Humanities on December 4–5, 2016. More info here.

Advice for Noncognitivists

My unsolicited advice to noncognitivsts is forthcoming in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (available online here). Here is the abstract:

Metaethical noncognitivists have trouble arriving at a respectable semantic theory for moral language. The goal of this paper is to make substantial progress toward demonstrating that these problems may be overcome. Replacing the predominant expressivist semantic agenda in metaethics with a dynamic perspective on meaning and communication allows noncognitivists to provide a satisfying analysis of negation and other constructions that have been argued to be problematic for metaethical noncognitivism, including disjunctions. The resulting proposal preserves some of the key insights from recent work on the semantics of expressivism while highlighting the widely neglected early noncognitivists’ sympathies to the kind of dynamic story I intend to tell here. A comparison between the advertised dynamic semantic story and current proposals that treat expressivism as a pragmatic rather than semantic theory about moral language is provided.

DEON 2016

Deontic Logic and Normative Systems 2016 is starting a week from today at the University of Bayreuth. It was great working on the program with Olivier Roy and Allard Tamminga, and we have a great lineup, including keynotes from John Broome, Janice Dowell, Gabriella Pigozzi, and Xavier Parent. More info here.

UQAM

I will be talking about reasoning with epistemic modals at the Summer School in Cognitive Sciences 2016, courtesy of UQAM. This promises to be a lot of fun and the program looks fantastic, so stop by if you are in the neighborhood!

Quantrell Award

I am deeply honored to have received a Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. You can find some news coverage here.

Subjectivity at SALT 26

Next stop will be Austin in May, where Chris Kennedy and I will be presenting our joint project on subjective attitude verbs at Semantics and Linguistic Theory. The abstract is available here.

March Events

This March will see me attend three wonderful events as speaker or commentator:

So it will be a busy month but I look forward to spending time with a great bunch of philosophers and linguists.

Amsterdam Colloquium

This year's Amsterdam Colloquium will see me present my paper "Simplifying Counterfactuals." Here is the abstract:


The fact that counterfactuals in general license simplification of disjunctive antecedents is a familiar problem for the traditional Lewis-Stalnaker variably strict analysis of counterfactuals. This paper argues that recent semantic attempts to solve this problem in a variably strict setting do not address related simplification patterns and demonstrates that the data are well explained by a dynamic strict analysis of counterfactuals using ideas from the inquisitive semantic tradition

Nonmonotonicity at Elucidations

Check out Matt Teichman and Daniel Smith and me musing over nonmonotonicity in Episode 75 of Elucidations.

In case you do not know it yet: Elucidations is a fabulous philosophy podcast produced here at the University of Chicago. I am thrilled that we were able to make this interview happen.

Modality and Subjectivity Workshop

There'll be a one-day workshop on modality and subjectivity, free and open to the public, here at the University of Chicago on April 22nd. We managed to get a great crowd together, so it should be a lot of fun. More info here.