5.0517 New Holism Conference (1/34)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 10 Dec 1991 17:38:42 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0517. Tuesday, 10 Dec 1991.

Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1991 21:28 EST
Subject: New Holism Conference


Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Dates: June 29 - August 14, 1992 (seven weeks)

Holism about meaning and intention content has shaped much of what is most
characteristic of contemporary philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.
The seminar is devoted to the question whether the individuation of the
contents of thoughts and linguistic expressions is inherently holistic. For
example, we will discuss arguments that are alleged to show that the meaning of
a scientific hypothesis depends on the entire theory that entails it, or that
the content of a concept depends on the entire belief system of which it is a
part. Implications of holistic semantics for other philosophical issues
(intentional explanation, translation Realism, skepticism, connectionism, etc.)
will also be explored. Authors to be read include Quine, Davidson, Lewis,
Block, Field, Dummett, Dennett, Churchland and others. In addition, we will use
Holism: a Shopper's Guide, Fodor, J. and E. LePore, 1992, Basil Blackwell.

The National Endowment for the Humanities will provide a summer stipend of
$3,600 for travel, book and living expenses, to those selected as participants
in this seminar. Applications must be postmarked not later than 2 March, 1992.

For further information and for application forms, please write to:

Meaning Holism Seminar
Philosophy Department
Davidson Hall
Douglass Campus, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08903 (USA)