Final CFA/ Deadline Extension: USC Deontic Modality Workshop

This conference will be in Los Angeles on May 20-22, 2013.  Note that the deadline for submitting an abstract is extended by one week to Jan 8th.

Keynote Speaker:
Angelika Kratzer (UMass-Amherst)

Invited Speakers:
John Broome (Oxford)
Jeff Horty (Maryland)
Frank Jackson (ANU/Princeton)
Paul Portner (Georgetown)

Seven additional speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts.  All three-page abstracts submitted to maschroe@usc.edu or finlay@usc.edu
by January 8th , 2013 will receive full consideration.


Deontic or normative modality is a subject of common interest for
researchers in several fields, including moral philosophy, linguistics,
formal logic, and metaethics.However, over the last three decades,
research in these different fields has largely been conducted
independently, and researchers have often ignored work in the other
fields as having no bearing on the concerns of their own field.But
recent work has begun to bring these fields together in fruitful
ways.This conference is motivated by the view that ethical, linguistic,
logical, and metaethical enquiry into deontic modality can all
profitably learn from one another.It aims to bring together leading and
creative thinkers in each field in the belief that we may all benefit
from each others’ expertise, advancing our collective understanding of
this subject.

USC and the Los Angeles area contain many academics with
interest in this subject; conference discussants are expected to include
at least the organizers (Mark Schroeder and Stephen Finlay), Matthew
Chrisman, Guy Fletcher, Jim Higginbotham, Robin Jeshion, Michael Ridge,
Jacob Ross, Barry Schein, and Ralph Wedgwood.

Suggested topics (not intended to be exhaustive):

·Is it helpful to think of deontic concepts as a kind of modality at all?

·The relationship between deontic and other types of modality

·The relationship between deontic expressions and modal logic

·The nature or analyzability of moral or deontic modality

·Pragmatics of deontic modal language

·Deontic modality and information-relativity

·Anankastic conditionals/hypothetical imperatives

·Differences in modal strength between terms (e.g. ‘ought’ vs. ‘must’)

·Ordering sources and graded modality

·Deontic Paradoxes

·The relationship between deontic modals and other normative terms or
concepts

·Deontic modals and imperatives

·Acquisition of deontic words/concepts

·Truth-evaluations and attitude ascriptions involving deontic modals

·Cross-linguistic differences in the language of deontic modality

·Expressivist vs. descriptivist treatments

·The syntax of deontic modality (e.g. raising vs. control syntax)

·Important distinctions among deontic categories

·Etymology of deontic words

One Reply to “Final CFA/ Deadline Extension: USC Deontic Modality Workshop”

  1. I wish I were attending! (Wishing implies neither possibility nor impossibility, but only counterfactuality, right?)

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