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IAS-Philosophy Workshop on Discourse

TRUTH AND NORMATIVITY

 

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP ON THE FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURE OF DISCOURSE 

 

28 MAY 2009

 

SOCIAL STUDIES BUILDING, S0.18

 

A JOINT IAS-PHILOSOPHY EVENT

 

Truth is one kind of correctness, and as such is a normative concept: in essence, we should make true claims. It is within discourse that we attempt to fulfil this obligation, by making, challenging and justifying claims to truth. However, discourse is governed by more obligations than this: it has a complex normative structure. The normative character of truth cannot be properly grasped independently of its place within this framework. As such, a proper understanding of truth requires an inquiry into the fundamental norms governing discourse.


Questions to be discussed include:

  • In what sense is truth a kind of correctness?
  • What are fundamental norms, and how do they differ from other norms?
  • What is the status of discourse about fundamental norms?
  • In what sense are claims about norms themselves true?
  • Do the norms of discourse have ethical or political implications?
  • What is the relation between the ideal norms of discourse and real discursive practices?

 

Speakers

  • Alexander Davies (Linguistics and Philosophy, King’s College London)
  • Simon Susen (Sociology, Newcastle)
  • Daniel Whiting (Philosophy, Southampton)
  • Pete Wolfendale (Philosophy, Warwick)


Programme

09.45-10.15 Registration

10.15-10.30 Opening

10.30-11.45 Pete Wolfendale, "Truth, Correctness and Normativity"

11.45-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.15 Simon Susen, "The Transcendental Status of Validity Claims in Habermas' Universal Pragmatics"

13.15-14.15 Lunch

14.15-15.30 Daniel Whiting, "Should I believe the truth?"

15.30-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-17.00 Alexander Davies, "Objectivity and Openness"

17.00-18.00 Dinner


* ORGANIZED BY: Ioannis Trisokkas (IAS, Philosophy) & Pete Wolfendale (Philosophy) *

IAS

 

 

Habermas 

 

 

Frege

 

 

Heidegger

 

 

Wittgenstein

 

 

 Hegel