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Normative Language Workshop



  Time: 26 October, 2013 - 27 October, 2013
  Location: School II, St Andrews

Description and Aims:

The study of normative and evaluative language has always had an important place in metaethics. Recently both the volume and sophistication of research on this topic has increased immensely. This work is interesting in its own right; but it also promises to shed light on issues in both substantive normative philosophy and in the study of natural language more generally. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers doing exciting work on different topics related to normative language.

Saturday, 26th October

09:30-10:00 Tea/Coffee
10:00-11:30 Jennifer Carr tba
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Gilbert Harman Linguistic Theory and Moral Theory
14:30-14:45 Tea/Coffee
14:45-16:15 Matthew Chrisman and Graham Hubbs ‘On the prescriptive meaning of imperatives’
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-18:00 Janice Dowell "Should we accord our intuitions in Moral Twin Earth thought experiments any probative value?"

19:00 Workshop dinner at Russell Hotel

Sunday, 27th October

08:45-09:15 Tea/Coffee
09:15-10:45 Mike Ridge ‘Expressivism and meta-semantics’
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Stephen Finlay "Ought: OUT OF ORDER"
12:30-13:45 Lunch
13:45-15:15 Dorit Bar-On Expression and Meaning: Acts, Products, and ‘Normative Language’
15:15-15:30 Coffee
15:30-17:00 Frank Jackson "Procrastinate Revisited"

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