2008 - Paul Boghossian
Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy 2008
Paul Boghossian: Objective Knowledge, June 10-13, 2008
The Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy will in 2008 be delivered by Paul Boghossian, Silver Professor of Philosophy, New York University. Professor Boghossian is an internationally renowned philosopher, well known for his work on various topics, including color, rule-following, eliminativism, naturalism, self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide. Professor Boghossian's recent critique of relativism and constructivism, Fear of Knowledge (OUP 2006), received wide recognition and was named Choice Outstanding Academic Book 2006. We are happy to have him at Tartu from June 10 to 13 2008.
The Lecturer - Paul Boghossian (Silver Professor of Philosophy, New York University)
His research interests are in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language and in epistemology. He is the author of numerous works on a variety of topics, including color, rule-following, eliminativism, naturalism, self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide. He has held research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College (Oxford), the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and from the Australian National University (Canberra). He has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He has also taught at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Princeton.
Times and Titles
All lectures take place in Domus Dorpatensis, Ülikooli 7, Tartu.
|Tuesday, June 10|
|15:00-17:00||Relativism: Old and New I|
|Wednesday, June 11|
|15:00-17:00||Relativism: Old and New II|
|Thursday, June 12|
|Friday, June 13|
|12:00-14:00||Epistemic Rules and Meaning|
Recent philosophy has seen a huge amount of interest in relativism, understood as a semantical thesis. Professor Boghossian will examine the ways in which traditional relativism differs from this “new age” relativism and will look at the problems that each faces. After that he will examine issues that arise in defending the thesis that there can be objective facts about epistemic justification and take a closer look at the question of whether we could be said to have epistemic systems that guide our belief formation.