SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

On Merely Expressive Devices
(Metzler Lecture, English, Location: HS E.002)

In this talk I will develop a semantics for merely expressive devices: linguistic expressions that help us to express propositions (thoughts) but which do not at the same time contribute to the truth conditions of the propositions thereby expressed. Logical operators constitute paradigm case examples of such merely expressive devices, but I will argue that there are many further merely expressive devices, including stipulatively defined terms and metaphysical modalities. Ultimately, the semantics will throw new light on various important philosophical debates, such as on the viability of analyticity and the metaphilosophical status of logic and metaphysics.

Chair: Alexander Gebharter
Time: 17:00-18:30, 20 September 2019 (Friday)
Location: HS E.002

Hannes Leitgeb 
(University of Munich (MCMP), Germany)



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