2012 - John Perry
Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy 2012
John Perry: Three Theories of the Attitudes, June 26-28
The Lecturer - John Perry
From the preface of Identity, Language, and Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of John Perry:
[John Perry's] approach is marked by three features: precision, clarity, and candor. The more than one hundred articles and books authored by Perry prove that these goals can be achieved with elegance and style. It is no wonder that John Perry inspired generations of students during his impressive career.
Having finished his PhD at Cornell University in 1968, he was appointed Assistant Professor at UCLA. At Stanford University, he became Associate Professor in 1974 and Full Professor in 1977. He also spent several months in 1971/72 as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Perry has received many academic awards and also spent the academic years 1991/92 and 1999/2000 in Europe, first as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée in Paris, where he delivered the Jean Nicod Lectures (Nicod Prize 1999), and then as a Humboldt Awardee (1999/2000) at the University of Bonn. Perry essentially initiated and formed the famous Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University, and he is still one of the main figures in modern philosophy of mind and language.
John Perry is one of the most distinguished analytic philosophers of language, with important contributions to the study of communication and the semantics/pragmatics divide. In addition to his important contributions to the academic debate, Perry is (with Stanford professor Ken Taylor) also the co-host of PHILOSO?HY TALK, a radio programme in philosophy.
We are extremely glad that John Perry has accepted our inivitation to present the GOTTLOB FREGE LECTURES IN THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY this year. Everyone interested is invited to participate.
All lectures take place in Jakobi 2, 336.
Tuesday, June 26
I. Folk-psychology as an amazing Intellectual Accomplishment
- How our lives depend on our “theory” of mind
- Basic categories: Feelings, cognitions, ideas
- The “Propositional Attitudes”
- Properties of the PAs
- How we report and describe them
II. Three theories of the attitudes
- Frege’s Picture of the attitudes: agents, times, relations, propositions (The Simple Content Picture).
- Fodor’s Picture of the attitudes: agents, times, and mental representations. (The Simple Representational Picture)
- Representations and contents
- The Complex Picture (Cognitions with Contents)
Wednesday, June 27
III. Self-Locating Belief
- Names, Descriptions and Roles
- Role based-”modes of presentation”.
- Roles and Frege’s picture
- Roles and Fodor’s picture
- Roles and the Complex Picture
IV. Beliefs about the Self
- Primitive self-belief
- Beliefs about the Self
- Self-notions, buffers, detached notions
- Lewis’s concept of “self-attribution of properties” confuses primitive self-belief and having beliefs about oneself.
Thursday, June 28
V. The general theory of Content (Reflexive/Referential Theory)
- Indexical content
- Referential Content
- Network Content and empty names
VI. Reporting Attitudes
- Traditional Problems
- The Crimmins-Perry Theory
- The Thread Theory