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Encounter | Occasion-Sensitivity and Idealism

From: 2023-07-18 To:2023-07-19

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  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Mind, Language & Action
  • 18-19 July 2023

    FLUP | Sala de Reuniões 1


    4th Meeting of the Contextualism Network



    • Alex Englander (Institut für Philosophie - Universität Bonn)
    • Charles Travis (KCL, TsingHua University-Beijing, Instituto de Filosofia - Porto)
    • David Zapero (Institut für Philosophie - Universität Bonn)
    • John Collins (University of East Anglia, UK)
    • Sandford Shieh (Wesleyan University, US)
    • Sofia Miguens (University of Porto)


    This was the fourth meeting of the Contextualism Network in 2022-2023, following meetings dedicated to the themes of action, epistemology and rationality. The general objective of the Meetings is to specify the core agenda of the RG MLAG in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and philosophy of action with a view to submitting national projects and participating in international projects. The Network Contextualism pursues MLAG’s former work within the CNRS Network La philosophie du langage ordinaire, around the works of Austin and Wittgenstein, as well as the discussion of positions on logic, thought and language inspired by the works of Frege and Wittgenstein which led to the publication of The Logical Alien (Miguens ed 2020, Harvard University Press).

    How should one characterize ‘idealism’? Which idealism was Frege attacking in “Der Gedanke”? Are there other varieties of idealism that do not fall under such attack? Should Kant’s and Hegel’s idealism be considered in the same boat as Berlekeley’s?



    18 July 2023

    Meeting Room 1

    Morning | 10 am-12.30 pm

    Sofia Miguens, Opening I: Occasion-Sensitivity and Idealism

    David Zapero and Charles Travis, Opening II: Idealism

    Discussion (by all participants)


    Meeting Room 2

    Afternoon | 2.30 pm-5 pm

    John Collins: Idealism and Species-Specificity

    Discussion (by all participants)


    19 July 2023

    Meeting Room 1

    Morning | 10 am-12.30 pm

    Alex Englander: Varieties of Idealism 

    Discussion (by all participants) 

    David Zapero: Within and Without the Mind

    Discussion (by all participants)


    Room 202

    Afternoon 2.30 pm-5 pm

    Sanford Shieh: Linguistic Idealism

    Charles Travis: Le psychologue malgré lui

    Discussion (by all participants)




    Mind, Language and Action Group (MLAG)
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto – UIDB/00502/2020 UIDP/00502/2020
    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
    U.Porto e Banco Santander - Programa Santander Universidades

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