A seminar with Professor Mitchell S. Green

Cognition & Communication Research Group and the Institute of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Szczecin have a pleasure to invite to a seminar with Professor Mitchell S. Green from the University of Connecticut, one of the leading philosophers of language. Professor Green’s current research interests include topics such as language evolution, speech acts, empathy, self-knowledge, self-expression, and attitude ascription.

The seminar is divided in two parts: the first part will take place from 7 to 11 October, and the second part from 12 to 15 November.

Venue: Faculty of Humanities, University of Szczecin (ul. Krakowska 71-79, Szczecin, Poland), room 194.

To participate in the seminars, please fill in the following questionnaire.

Preliminary schedule:

Part I: 7-11 October

October meetings will take place from 10:05 am to 12:40 pm in Room 194, Faculty of Humanities building at Krakowska 71-79.

Monday, 7/10: Survey of analytical concepts; scope of subject matter. Ordinary language philosophy and classic speech act theory.

Reading: A. Ayer, Critique of Ethics and Theology; J. L. Austin How to Do Things with Words.

Tuesday, 8/10: Alternatives to the Austinian tradition.

Reading: P. Strawson, Intention and convention in speech acts; J. Searle, Speech Acts.

Wednesday, 9/10: Challenging the Ordinary Language tradition.

Reading: P. Grice, Meaning and Logic & Conversation.

Thursday, 10/10: Presupposition: semantic and pragmatic

Reading: B. Russell, Descriptions; P. Strawson, On Referring; D. Lewis, Scorekeeping in a Language Game; R. Stalnaker, Pragmatic Presuppositions.

Friday, 11/10: The force-content distinction

Reading: P. Hanks, Propositional Content (selections); M. Green, Refinement and Defense of the Force-Content Distinction; F. Recanati, Content, Mood, and Force.

Part II: 12-15 November

November meetings will take place from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and  from 12:00 pm to 14:00 pm in Room 194, Faculty of Humanities building at Krakowska 71-79. On Tuesday (12.11) seminar will be held in room 091.

Tuesday, 12/11: Neo-Gricean approaches; the expressive dimension

Reading: L. Horn, WJ-40: Implicature, truth, and meaning; B. Geurts, Quantity Implicatures (selections); C. Potts The Expressive Dimension; M. Green, Self-Expression (selections)

Wednesday, 13/11: Impliciture and explicature

Reading: K. Bach, Conversational Impliciture; R. Carston, Thoughts and Utterances (selections); H. Cappelen and E. Lepore, Insensitive Semantics (selections).

Thursday, 14/11: Metaphor and irony

Reading: G. Currie, Narratives and Narrators: Philosophy of Stories (selections); D. Davidson, What Metaphors Mean; J. Searle, Metaphor; M. Green Imagery, Expression, and Metaphor; D. Wilson & D. Sperber Explaining Irony.

Friday, 15/11: Communicative malfeasance: generics, silencing, and slurs.

Reading: A. Bird, Illocutionary Silencing; R. DiFranco Pejorative Language; C. Hom, The Semantics of Racial Epithets; J. Hornsby & R. Langton, Free Speech and Illocution; R. Jeshion Expressivism and the Offensiveness of Slurs; D.Wodak et al., What a Loaded Generalization: Generics and Social Cognition.


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