MCMP Summer School Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2018
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Program

Room Arrangement

DateAddress, Room
15.07.2018 Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, room A120 (Kleine Aula)
16.07. - 21.07.2018 Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, room numbers in program below
21.07.2018 Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, room A120 (Kleine Aula)

Sunday, 15 July

TimeTopic
16:45 - 17:45 Registration.
17:45 - 18:00 Welcome.
18:00 - 19:15 Welcome Lecture: What is Mathematical Philosophy? (Stephan Hartmann & Hannes Leitgeb, MCMP).

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Monday, 16 July

TimeTopic
08:00 - 09:00 Registration. (Room D018)
09:00 - 10:15 Introductory Lectures I: TBA (Neil Dewar, MCMP). (Room D105)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
10:45 - 12:00 Tutorial for the Introductory Lectures I: TBA (Neil Dewar, MCMP). (Room D105)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break.
13:30 - 14:45 Introductory Lectures II: TBA (Lavinia Picollo, MCMP). (Room D105)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
15:15 - 16:30 Tutorial for the Introductory Lectures II: TBA (Lavinia Picollo, MCMP). (Room D105)
16:30 - 16:45 Break.
16:45 - 18:00 Parallel MCMP Fellows' Sessions:

1: Marianna Antonutti: TBA (Room D102)
2: Andreas Kapsner: TBA (Room D105)
3: Patricia Palacios: TBA (Room D114)
4: Marta Sznajder: TBA (Room D118)

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Tuesday, 17 July

TimeTopic
09:00 - 10:15 Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D105)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
10:45 - 12:00 Tutorial: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D105)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break.
13:30 - 14:45 Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D105)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
15:15 - 16:30 Tutorial: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D105)
16:30 - 16:45 Break.
16:45 - 18:00 Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D105)

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Wednesday, 18 July

TimeTopic
09:00 - 10:15 Tutorial: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D105)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
10:45 - 12:00 Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D105)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break.
13:30 - 14:45 Tutorial: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D105)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
15:15 - 16:30 Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D105)
16:30 - 16:45 Break.
16:45 - 18:00 Tutorial: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D105)
19:00 - 20:30 Evening Lecture: The Significance of the Metaphysics of Gender, Race and Sexual Orientation (Esa Díaz-León, University of Barcelona)

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Thursday, 19 July

TimeTopic
09:00 - 10:15 Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D105)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
10:45 - 12:00 Tutorial: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D105)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break.
13:30 - 14:45 Parallel Sessions:

Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D118)
Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D114)
Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D102)

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Friday, 20 July

TimeTopic
09:00 - 10:15 Parallel Sessions:

Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D118)
Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D114)
Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D102)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
10:45 - 12:00 Parallel Sessions:

Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D118)
Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D114)
Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D102)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break.
13:30 - 14:45 Parallel Sessions:

Lecture Stream 1: The Ontology of Natural Language (Friederike Moltmann, French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique). (Room D118)
Lecture Stream 2: Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics (Barbara Vetter, Freie Universität Berlin). (Room D114)
Lecture Stream 3: Science and Metaphysics (Jo E. Wolff, King’s College London). (Room D102)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break. (Room D016)
15:15 - 16:30 Parallel MCMP Fellows' Sessions:

1: Zeynep Soysal (TBA) (Room D102)
2: Reuben Stern (TBA) (Room D105)
3: Silvia Jonas (TBA) (Room D114)
4: Alexander Reutlinger (TBA) (Room D118)
16:30 - 17:45 Student Poster Sessions. (First Floor)
19:30 Summer School Dinner.

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Saturday, 21 July

TimeTopic
09:15 - 09:45 Student Presentation: TBA
09:45 - 10:15 Student Presentation: TBA
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break.
10:45 - 11:15 Student Presentation: TBA
11:15 - 11:45 Student Presentation: TBA
11:45 - 12:00 Wrap up and closing.

Abstracts

Main Lecture Streams

The Ontology of Natural Language

Friederike Moltmann (French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)

Metaphysics in the past was considered mainly a pursuit of philosophers, asking questions about being in most general terms. While some philosophers made appeal to natural language in order to argue for a ontological category or notion, others have rejected such an appeal arguing that the ontology reflected in language diverges significantly from what there really is or from a philosophically accepted ontology. Whatever one’s view may be of what a philosopher should pursue, it has become clear, especially with the development of natural language semantics (and syntax), that the metaphysics reflected in natural language is an important object of study in itself, as the subject matter of natural language ontology. These lectures give an overview of the sort of appeals philosophers have made to natural language, of the ways natural language reflects ontological categories, notions and structures, of cases of discrepancies between the ontology implicit in natural language and the reflective ontology of philosophers or non-philosophers, of how the ontology reflected in natural language should be characterized, and of the way of natural language ontology is to be conceived as a branch of metaphysics.top

Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, Semantics

Barbara Vetter (Freie Universität Berlin)

Modality is at the centre of contemporary metaphysics. The nature of possibility and necessity, as well as possible worlds, is a hotly debated topic. Possible worlds have, moreover, been invoked in theories of just about anything in metaphysics. And finally, necessity bears special importance for metaphysics, since metaphysical theories generally aim to be not just true but necessarily true. In addition, modality is a case study for the interaction between logic, semantics and metaphysics. While Quine still held that quantified modal logic was based on illicit metaphysical assumptions, it was arguably the formulation of a rigorous framework for modal logic that led to a rehabilitation of modal metaphysics. In these lectures, we will be covering topics in modal logic, semantics, and metaphysics, with an emphasis on how they relate to each other. Topics will include the different systems for modal logic; the nature of possible worlds; the formal semantics of ordinary-language expressions of modality; problems of merely possible existence; and the more recent turn in metaphysics towards hyperintensional notions that are not properly captured by possible worlds, such as essence or grounding.top

Science and Metaphysics

Jo E. Wolff (King’s College London)

Metaphysics has seen a massive revival in analytic philosophy over the past couple of decades. Most metaphysicians in the analytic tradition today would describe what they are doing as naturalistic metaphysics. Given that philosophical naturalism in general holds that natural science is to be accorded epistemic primacy, this raises the question of how science relates to metaphysics on this naturalistic understanding of metaphysics. Can metaphysical theories simply be 'read off' our best current science'? Or do scientific theories require metaphysical interpretations? Do science and metaphysics compete for the same subject matter, but use different methodologies, or are their subject matters different, yet their methodologies alike?

These questions have seen intense debate in both (meta-)metaphysics and philosophy of science, and a definitive answer has yet to emerge. In these lectures, we will look at different approaches to these questions: Penelope Maddy's Second Philosophy, Ladyman and Ross' structural realism, Ted Sider's metaphysical realism, L.A. Paul's defence of metaphysics as akin to science, and others more. The aim is to get a sense of the methodological diversity in contemporary metaphysics, as well as the different views of science presupposed by these approaches.top

Public Evening Lecture

TBA

Parallel MCMP Fellows' Sessions' Abstracts

TBA

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Student Presentation Abstracts

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