Bergen Logic Group
How do logics explain?

Workshop: How do logics explain?

The Bergen Logic Group and the RCN project `Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic' is organizing its fourth event on topics in the philosophy of logic, October 17-18, 2019.

Ole Hjortland

Main content

In contemporary philosophy of logic there are a number of rival logical theories – classical logic, intuitionistic logic, paraconsistent logics, substructural logics, etc. These theories provide different answers about which arguments are valid, and why they are valid. But which theory is the correct one? According to logical abductivism, theory-choice in logic should proceed by scoring theories on various selection critera, e.g. explanatory power, deductive strength, elegance, unificatory power, etc. But, as opposed to most scientific theories, there is no agreement on what kind of phenomena a logic is supposed to explain, how they are supposed explain – or even if logic theories explain anything at all. In this workshop a number of international guest speakers will present their research on these and related questions in the philosophy of logic.

The workshop is the fourth event in the RCN funded project`Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic'. 


  • Pål Antonsen (University of Bergen)
  • Mark Jago (University of Nottingham)
  • Stephen Read (University of St Andrews)
  • Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Gil Sagi (Haifa University)
  • Erik Stei (University of Bonn)
  • Jack Woods (University of Leeds)
  • Ole Hjortland (University of Bergen)
  • Ben Martin (University of Bergen)

Workshop programme

Venue: Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Sydnesplassen 12-13, Department seminar room, ground floor.

Thursday October 17th

  • 09.30-11.00 Stephen Read: Logic, Explanation and the A Posteriori
  • 11.15-12.45 Gillian Russell: Is there any such thing as feminist logic?
  • 12.45-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00-15.30 Pål Antonsen: Logical contextualism
  • 15.45-17.15 Ben Martin & Ole Hjortland: Anti-Exceptionalism and Explanations in Logic
  • 18:30-19:45 Pre-dinner drink: Henrik Øl & vinstove (lenke til kart)
  • 19.45 Conference dinner: Villani (link to map)

Friday October 18th

  • 09.30-11.00 Erik Stei: Anti-exceptionalism about logic and the dimensions of logical pluralism
  • 11.15-12.45 Mark Jago [skype]: Metaphysical Structure 
  • 12.45-14.15 Lunch
  • 14.15-15.45 Gil Sagi: Logic and Natural Language: Commitments and Constraints
  • 16.00-17.30 Jack Woods: Generic Validity
  • 17.45-18.45 Filomena Roundtable: What logics explain? (w/ Daniel Durante, Gillian Russell, Peter Verdée)