University of Connecticut Humanities
University of Connecticut Graduate Student Senate
University of Connecticut College of Arts and Sciences
University of Connecticut Research Foundation
The topic of the conference is the semantics of conditionals. Work on conditionals has
traditionally been a source of fruitful
philosophical theories and, more recently, linguists have started making progress
using tools from their discipline. This conference attempts to demonstrate recent work
on the semantics of conditionals from a variety of different perspectives. We have
invited representatives from three major traditions:
Linguistic: Linguists, naturally, have tended to rely on syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic data for their theories of conditionals.
Epistemological: Those philosophers who emphasize the role of conditionals in scientific reasoning and belief-revision.
Logical: Those philosophers who focus on the logical structure of language and emphasize the relationship between conditionals and valid arguments.
As William Lycan, our keynote speaker, recently wrote, "Though there has been and should be overlap between between the three bodies of work, the approaches are really different paradigms, in the sense that they have different priorities, draw on different sources of evidence, and weigh the same evidence differently even when they do share it. This has resulted in interestingly perspectival conflicts..." (Lycan's 2005 "Review of Bennett's A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals" in Mind 114:116-9)
Our conference aims to contribute to collegial and mutually beneficial interaction between these different fields.
For more information, please visit the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on conditionals written by Dorothy Edgington.
"How Ordinary Are Conditionals?"
“Conditional-Assertion Theories of Conditionals”
“Epistemic Requirements of Inference, Truthmakers for Conditionals, and Stand-offs”
The conference will be held: Family Studies Building Room 216
The conference will run for three days: April 7th, 2006 through April 9th, 2006.
The tentative schedule is as follows: Speaker Schedule
The conference is free to attend, but we request advance notice if you plan on coming to the dinner on the first night or the party on the second night. The dinner will be on Friday at Bangkok Noy, a Thai restaurant right off campus. The party will be on Saturday at Sam Wheeler's home in Willington, CT. Both events are Bring Your Own Beverages. Directions will be provided at the conference. If you're interested in coming to either event, please email Franklin Scott at franklinscott at gmail dot com.
Brian Leahy and Franklin Scott
Directions to the Storrs campus (including maps of the campus and important parking details) may be found here.
Speakers will be staying at the Nathan Hale Inn, which is located on campus and within walking distance of the main venue. (Reservations may be made directly with the Nathan Hale Inn via the contact details provided here.) Given its convenience (and easy parking spaces), we recommend the Nathan Hale Inn; however, other (and in many cases cheaper) options are listed on this page.