12 Giugno 2023, Every Monday, 11:00-13:00 - Genoa, via Balbi 30, 7¬ļ floor (Ph.D. room)
Categoria: Curriculum Episteme

The event will be held every Monday on premises in Genoa.

EPILOG 2022/2023 ‚ÄĒ April-June: On Reference-fixing and descriptive names


Dates: From the 17th of April, every Monday 11-13h

Venue:¬†Genova, via Balbi 30, 7¬ļ floor (Ph.D. room)

Coordinator: Massimiliano Vignolo (massimiliano.vignolo@unige.it)



What makes it the case that the thought a speaker uttering a sentence like ‚ÄúBertrand Russell was a philosopher‚ÄĚ intends to express is¬†about¬†a particular individual? How can you express beliefs¬†about¬†an orange rolling on a table in¬†front of you only by saying things like ‚ÄúThat is round‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúThat is rolling”? Is an expression like ‚ÄúJack The Reaper‚ÄĚ a genuine proper name even though we have no acquaintance with its referent? These and similar questions will be the subject matter of our meetings. For more information, please contact the organizer.


Schedule of Meetings and Bibliography:

    1. April 17:¬†G. Evans (1982)¬†The Varieties of Reference,¬†Oxford University Press (ch. 11); G. Evans (1973)¬†The Causal Theory of Names,¬†Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume¬†47 (1):187‚Äď208; M. Devitt (1981)¬†Designation, Columbia University Press (ch. 2 and ch. 5)
    2. April 24: D. Kaplan (2012) An Idea of Donnellan in Joseph Almog and Paolo Leonardi (eds.) Having in Mind: The philosophy of Keith Donnellan, Oxford University Press
    3. May 8: R. Jeshion (2010) Singular Thought: Acquaintance, Semantic Instrumentalism, and Cognitivism in R. Jeshion (ed.) New Essays on Singular Thought, Oxford University Press
    4. May 15: I. Dickie (2011) How Proper Names Refer, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):43-78
    5. May 22: I. Dickie (2016) The Essential Connection Between Epistemology and the Theory of Reference, Philosophical Issues 26 (1):99-129
    6. May 29: T. Hofweber (2017) Dickie’s Epistemic Theory of Reference, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 95 (3):725-730; J. Pepp (2020) Is Dickie’s Account of Aboutness-Fixing Explanatory?, Theoria 86 (6):801-820
    7. June 5: I. Dickie (2020) Understanding Singular Terms, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 94 (1):19-55
    8. June 12: Z.G. Szabò (2020) The Goal of Conversation, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 94 (1):57-86