Meaning, Rules and Justification
The research seminar on Language and Mind will be conducted for the Spring of 2002 by Paul Boghossian and Paul Horwich (CUNY). It will meet in the Philosophy Department on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. (A preparation session restricted to students enrolled in the course will meet Mondays from 5:00 to 6:00.) 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, Room 503, Main Building, 100 Washington Square East. Many of the papers will also be available on this web page by clicking on the title of the paper.
The seminar will focus on work that addresses one or more of the following questions: Which facts, if any, constitute someone's meaning something by a word? What are the facts, if any, in virtue of which a person follows a given rule? What connection, if any, is there between the preceding two questions? Does being justified involve following rules? How does justification relate to meaning and can it derive solely from meaning?
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