2022 Mid-Term Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy

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Call for Papers

Truth in Evaluation

Mid-Term Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy – 30 Years of SIFA (1992-2022)

26-28 September 2022, Alghero (University of Sassari)

 

On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of SIFA (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy), the mid-term conference on Truth in Evaluation will be jointly organized with the University of Sassari and Fondazione di Sardegna. The meeting is open to contributions from all philosophical disciplines and traditions of thought.

We are planning for this to be an in-person conference, but we will monitor the development of the pandemic, and more reliable information will be provided in the upcoming months about whether to continue with an in-person conference or to pursue alternative arrangements. All queries should be emailed to sifaconference2022@gmail.com

Alghero is on the Western seaboard of Sardinia and can be most easily reached by air from Rome, Milan and Naples.

 

Keynote speakers

Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Julian Dodd (University of Leeds)

Douglas Edwards (Utica College)

David Enoch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Will Gamester (University of Leeds)

Teresa Marques (University of Barcelona)

Gila Sher (University of California, San Diego)

Jeremy Wyatt (University of Waikato)

 

Conference outline

A wide range of past and present philosophical discussions focus on the relation between truth and evaluative discourses, namely those expressing positive or negative assessments of things, actions, and events through notions such as right, wrong, good, bad, beautiful, or ugly. The conference aims to provide a satisfactory account of the nature and semantics of evaluative discourses across different philosophical areas, in particular by assessing the pros and cons of the rival conceptions of truth that figure most prominently in current philosophical debates – notably, deflationist, pluralist, correspondentist, and epistemic views. In relation to this overarching issue, possible topics of inquiry include (but are by no means limited to):

  1. Deflationist theories of truth

Can differences between evaluative and non-evaluative discourses be satisfactorily accounted for in deflationist terms? Must deflationist accounts endorse an ultra-liberal stance regarding truth-aptness, rejecting traditional forms of non-factualism, or can they narrow the field of truth-apt discourse?

  1. Alethic pluralism

Can a deflationist account provide a satisfactory rationale for the pluralist intuitions motivating alethic pluralism? Does the normative variability of truth provide good reasons to embrace alethic pluralism or can it be explained from a deflationary perspective?

  1. Correspondence theories of truth

Do correspondence theories have the resources to account for the pluralist intuitions concerning truth and to explain the apparent differences between evaluative and non-evaluative discourses? Can these theories accommodate the truth-aptness also of sentences in putative factually-defective domains?

  1. Truth in the moral, political, and legal domains

Are claims in legal, political and moral domains truth-apt, as in particular a realist would claim? And, supposing that they are, what conception of truth can best account for the nature and role of truth in those domains? Are normative truths reducible to natural truths, as in naturalist metaethics? Is the truth-aptness of normative judgments compatible with ideals of tolerance and reasonable pluralism?

  1. Non-cognitivism and truth

Is normative knowledge incompatible with non-cognitivist theories? Do normative judgments express non-cognitive states such as emotions and desires? Can recent expressivist theories, such as forms of hybrid non-cognitivism about moral discourse, escape the alleged problem of the collapse into realist positions?

  1. Metaethical constructivism and truth

Is Kantian metaethical constructivism a valid non-factualist alternative to standard realism or hybrid non-cognitivism? Does it leave space for the idea that moral and, more generally, evaluative sentences are truth apt? What conception of truth is most congenial to metaethical constructivism?

  1. Truth in the aesthetic realm

In what sense does the notion of truth apply to aesthetic judgments? Does the notion of aesthetic truth commit us to the existence of an aesthetic reality? Do we have to cast aesthetic normativity in terms of truth (as opposed to falsity)? What is the relation between aesthetic and non-aesthetic properties in normative aesthetic discourse?

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Conference abstract submissions

We invite 500-word abstracts in English anonymized for blind review. In case of citation of abstruse or unorthodox literature, up to three full references may be added outside the word count; otherwise Harvard-style will suffice within the body of the abstract.

Abstracts should state the position defended or the issue discussed and indicate the outline of the argument

Contributed papers will be scheduled for a 30-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 May 2022

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 30 June 2022

Young Scholar PRIZE SIFA. The best five abstracts by young scholars will be awarded a prize of 250 euros. Recently graduated (2 years) and young scholars not permanently affiliated to higher education institutions are eligible to be considered for the prize. In addition to regular submission, select “SIFA Young Scholar Prize” among the conference topics on EasyChair and send a short CV to sifaconference2022@gmail.com – “YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZE” should be in the object of the email.

 

Registration

Early registration will be open on: 1 July, 2022. Conference fee includes: registration, conference materials, and coffee breaks.

NB: The conference fee does not include the conference dinner.

In-person participation in the conference is subject to the following registration fee.

If paid BY (including) 20 August, 2022:

If paid AFTER 20 August, 2022:

NB: In order to take part in the Conference, SIFA members should have paid the 2022 subscription. In case you haven’t already paid, you can do so at this link.

If the Conference is held only online because of the pandemic situation, no fee will be payable, but participants should register as members of the SIFA.

Steering Committee
Nicola Angius, Fabio Bacchini, Carla Bagnoli, Michele Bocchiola, Sofia Bonicalzi, Stefano Caputo, Massimiliano Carrara, Massimo Dell’Utri, Filippo Ferrari, Cristina Meini, Sebastiano Moruzzi, Alberto Mura, Elena Nulvesu, Pietro Perconti, Pietro Salis, Giovanni Tuzet, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza, Giorgio Volpe, Luca Zanetti.

Organizing Committee
Fabio Bacchini, Marta Benenti, Michele Bocchiola, Sofia Bonicalzi, Stefano Caputo, Massimo Dell’Utri, Emiliano Loria, Cristina Meini, Pietro Salis, Giovanni Tuzet, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza, Luca Zanetti.