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AISB event Bulletin Item

CONFERENCE: "Conceptual Analysis and 2-D Semantics", 18-19 June 2011, GERMANY
Contact: Jens Kipper,

Conceptual Analysis and 2-D Semantics, University of Cologne

Conceptual analysis continues to play an important role in philosophical practice, even though it does not always go under this label. 
But the method is anything but undisputed. In particular, there seems to be little point in pondering on our concepts if, as many believe,
the meaning of our expressions - as well as the content of our mental states - is determined by factors which are external to us. Against 
this, it has been argued that two-dimensional semantics can provide the theoretical underpinnings for conceptual analysis, while reconciling 
it with many insights gained from arguments put forth to support externalism.

The conference focuses on issues surrounding conceptual analysis, two-dimensional semantics and their connection. Some of the envisaged topics are:

- The role of conceptual analysis in philosophical inquiry
- The interpretation and the scope of two-dimensional semantics and its bearing on conceptual analysis
- Potential applications of two-dimensional semantics to metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind

Magdalena Balcerak Jackson (Cologne)
Alex Byrne (MIT)
David Chalmers (ANU/NYU)
Frank Jackson (Princeton/ANU)
Jens Kipper (Cologne)
Christian Nimtz (Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Laura Schroeter (Melbourne)
Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz)
Robert Stalnaker (MIT)

Contact information and registration:
Jens Kipper (

Thomas Grundmann & Jens Kipper
Philosophisches Seminar
Universitaet zu Koeln

The conference takes place as part of the Rhine Valley Philosophy Summer 2011, a series of independently organized philosophical events. See for further information.