Workshop on Groundedness in Semantics and Beyond
Coorganized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and the ERC project Plurals, Predicates, and Paradox
Munich, 2627 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 lefthand 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  
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  
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 wellfounded 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:
 Is there a unified yet substantive notion of groundedness underlying all these applications?
 What is the relation between groundedness and constructivistic ideas of “building” an ontology or a system of facts “from the ground up”?
 What is the relation between groundedness and the Vicious Circle Principle? Can the former be seen as a liberalized version of the latter?
 Does groundedness hold the key to the solution to the semantic and/or the settheoretic paradoxes?
 What relation is there, if any, between the notion of groundedness in philosophical logic and metaphysicians’ notions of ground and grounding?