Offered Spring 2001

The Explanatory Role of Content

The research seminar on Language and Mind will be conducted for the Spring of 2001 by Hartry Field and Stephen Schiffer. It will meet in the Philosophy Department on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Papers for discussion will be available one week in advance and will be distributed at the preceding seminar. They can also be picked up at the Department of Philosophy, Main Building Room 503, 100 Washington Square East. Many of the papers will also be available on this web page by clicking on the title of the paper.

Students may take this seminar for credit. For information on course requirements and meeting times, please see the Spring 2001 Graduate Course Announcement.

Schedule of Visitors:

January 16, 2001:

Stephen Schiffer

January 23, 2001:

Allan Gibbard
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Note: Professor Gibbard's session has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for May 1st.

January 30, 2001:

Martin Davies
Australian National University

February 6, 2001:

Christopher Peacocke
  • "Does Perception have a Nonconceptual Content?" [PDF] (requires password);
  • Suggested background reading includes: Evans, Varieties of Reference; McDowell, Mind and World Lecture III and Afterword II; the McDowell-Peacocke exchange in Philosophy and Phenomenological Affairs, 1998; and chapter three of Peacocke, A Study of Concepts.

February 13, 2001:

Paul Horwich
CUNY Graduate Center
  • "The Use Theory of Meaning";
  • Chapter three of Meaning is recommended.

February 20, 2001:

Hartry Field
NYU The material most central to the topics of the seminar is the postscript to "Mental Representation", the early sections of "Deflationist Views", and Section 7 of the postscript to "Deflationist Views".

February 27, 2001:

Karen Neander
Johns Hopkins University

March 6, 2001:

Robert Stalnaker

March 20, 2001:

Simon Blackburn
UNC Chapel Hill

March 27, 2001:

Timothy Williamson
The University of Edinburgh
  • "Primeness", Chapter Three of Knowledge and its Limits.

April 3, 2001:

Crispin Wright
The University of St. Andrews

April 10, 2001:

Louise Antony
The Ohio State University

April 17, 2001:

Dorothy Edgington
Oxford University

April 24, 2001:

Mark Crimmins
Stanford University

May 1st, 2001:

Allan Gibbard
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

updated 1/12/01