Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic

Logic as science

1st Workshop in the Anti-Exceptionalism Project: Logic as science

The Department of Philosophy is hosting a workshop entitled `Logic as science' November 18-19th 2016.

According to W. V. Quine's Two Dogmas of Empiricism, logic is a science. Like theories in physics, economics, and biology, logical theories may be revised, and sometimes even as a result of empirical evidence. In advocating a gradualism between logic and the empirical sciences, Quine subverts the foundationalist ambitions of logic. Logic cannot be justified a priori, nor are the truths of logic analytic. 

Quine's anti-exceptionalism about logic has opened up a series of important questions. What are logical theories theories of? What counts as evidence for such theories? What are the criteria for theory choice in logic? Do these criteria, whatever they are, favour classical logic or nonclassical logic? And what is left of the normative status of logic if we accept Quine's gradualism?



Se attachment below for official programme and abstracts.


Friday 18th November

09:00   Welcome

09:15   Ole Hjortland (Bergen), What counts as evidence for a logical theory?

10:30   Break

10:45   Graham Priest (CUNY/Melbourne), Counterfactuals and theory choice

12:00   Lunch: Christie Café

13:15   James Levine (Trinity College Dublin), Russell, set theory and the revision of logic

14:30   Break

14:45   Bruno Jacinto (Arché, St Andrews), Logic, abductive methdology and theory comparison

16:00   Break

16:15   Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill), Logical vice


Saturday 19th November

09:00   Morning Coffee

09:15   Paal Antonsen (Bergen), Truth in a model

10:30   Break

10:45   Jack Woods (Leeds), Logical partisanhood

12:00   Lunch: Christie Café

13:15   Suki Finn (Southampton), The adoption problem and self-referential logical rules

14:30   Break

14:45   Øystein Linnebo (Oslo), Ontology and the logic of identity


19:30   Dinner: Naboen Bar og Restaurant


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