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Groundedness workshop

Workshop on Groundedness in Semantics and Beyond

Co-organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and the ERC project Plurals, Predicates, and Paradox

Munich, 26-27 October 2012

Room M210 (MKE), 2nd floor, LMU main building

How to get there: Take the subway U3 or U6. Get off at Universität, walk down Adalbertstraße, turn left into Amalienstraße. Walk to the pair of columns on the left-hand side, and enter the university through the entrance to your left.

Friday, October 26th
09.15am Reception
09.30am

Patrick Suppes (Stanford) A Neuroscience Perspective on the Foundations of Mathematics

11pm Coffee break
11.30am

Jon Litland (Oslo) Pure Logic of Iterated Ground

1pm
Lunch buffet at venue
2pm
Toby Meadows (Bristol) Local Dependence: Complexity & Groundedness
3.30pm Coffee break
4.00pm Casper Storm Hansen (Aberdeen) Alternative Supervaluation for Kripke's Theory of Truth
5.30pm Øystein Linnebo (Birkbeck and Oslo) Grounded Properties
Saturday October 27th
9.30am
Kit Fine (NYU) Ground and Partial Content
11am Coffee break
11.30am

Dennis Bonnay (Paris) Dependence and Groundedness

1pm Lunch buffet at venue
2pm Jönne Speck (Birkbeck) Grounding Class Theory
3.30pm Coffee break
4pm Francesca Boccuni (Milan) Grounding (Ideal) References
5.30pm Luca Incurvati (Cambridge) That's it, you're grounded!
7pm end of workshop

The notion of groundedness has been central to research on the semantic paradoxes ever since Kripke’s seminal work on truth, and the notion continues to inspire work in this area. Recently, the notion has been applied more widely, for instance to criteria of identity, abstraction principles, and the semantics of modal predicates. There is also a renewed interest in the notion of grounding in metaphysics, and of course the focus on “grounded objects” in all of these areas is closely related to the emphasis on well-founded sets in set theory. This workshop aims to bring together researchers who deal with groundedness in logic, semantics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mathematics in order to get a clearer understanding of this concept and of its applications.

Topics include:

  1. Is there a unified yet substantive notion of groundedness underlying all these applications?
  2. What is the relation between groundedness and constructivistic ideas of “building” an ontology or a system of facts “from the ground up”?
  3. What is the relation between groundedness and the Vicious Circle Principle? Can the former be seen as a liberalized version of the latter?
  4. Does groundedness hold the key to the solution to the semantic and/or the set-theoretic paradoxes?
  5. What relation is there, if any, between the notion of groundedness in philosophical logic and metaphysicians’ notions of ground and grounding?

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