W. V. Quine

NEH Summer Seminar
For College and University Teachers
And Advanced Graduate Students

20th Century American Philosophy
Quine and Davidson

Gilbert Harman and Ernie Lepore
June 20 - July 29, 2011
Princeton University

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Directors: Gilbert Harman is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has a BA from Swarthmore and PhD from Harvard. He was a student of Quine's and colleague of Davidson's and has written extensively about both philosophers. He and Davidson co-directed a six week 1971 Council for Philosophical Studies Summer Institute in Philosophy and Linguistics on the same subject. In addition Harman directed an NEH Summer Seminar in 1982 on Reasoning.

Harman is coauthor with Sanjeev Kulkarni of Reliable Reasoning (2007); author with Judy Jarvis Thomson of Moral Relativism and Moral Objectivity (1996); author of six other books, including Thought (1973), Change in View (1986), and Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind (1999); co-editor with Donald Davidson of two books, Semantics of Natural Language (1972) and The Logic of Grammar (1975); editor of two other books; and author or co-author of over 200 articles and reviews. He was elected Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2002, won the Jean Nicod Prize in 2005 and was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2011.

Ernest Lepore is Director of the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) and a Professor (II) in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University. He has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He organized a four day conference on Davidson's work in 1985. Lepore previous directed an NEH Seminar on Holism in 1993 and an NEH Institute on the Metaphysics of Meaning in 1994.

Lepore is the author or co-author of numerous papers in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. He recently wrote Language turned on itself (2007, Oxford University Press), Insensitive Semantics (2004, Basil Blackwell) both with Herman Cappelen, Donald Davidson: Truth, Meaning, Rationality in Mind, (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Donald Davidson's truth-theoretic Semantics , (Oxford University Press, 2007) both with Kirk Ludwig, Meaning and Argument , and co-authored, with Jerry Fodor, Holism: A Shopper's Guide (Blackwell, 1991) and The Compositionality Papers (Oxford University Press, 2002); and with Sarah-Jane Leslie What Every Student Should Know (Rutgers Press, 2002). He has edited many books, including Handbook in Philosophy of Language , ed. (with B. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2006), Truth and Interpretation (Blackwell, 1989), and is co-editor with Zenon Pylyshyn, of What is Cognitive Science? (Blackwell, 1999). He is also general editor of the Blackwell series "Philosophers and Their Critics".

Seminar Visitors: Four influential philosophers will visit the seminar: John Burgess, Gideon Rosen, Kirk Ludwig, and Thomas Kelly.

John Burgess is the John N. Woodhull Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has written numerous articles on mathematical and philosophical logic and philosophy of mathematics, some collected in his book Mathematics, Models & Modality, and is author or co-author of the books A Subject With No Object (with Gideon Rosen), Computability and Logic (with George Boolos and Richard Jeffrey), Fixing Frege, Philosophical Logic, and Truth (with Alexis G. Burgess).

Gideon Rosen is Stuart Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Council of Humanities at Princeton University. His areas of research include metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy. He is the author (with John Burgess) of A Subject with No Object (Oxford, 1997).

Kirk Ludwig is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University. He has worked on foundational issues in the philosophy of language (especially logical form and semantics), epistemology, the philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics, though his interests extend to every area of philosophical inquiry. He is the editor of the volume on Donald Davidson (2003) in the Cambridge Contemporary Philosophy in Focus series, and he is coauthor with Ernie Lepore (Rutgers) of Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language and Reality (Oxford 2005) and Donald Davidson's Truth-theoretic Semantics (Oxford 2007).

Thomas Kelly is Associate Professor of Philosophy and George H. and Mildred F. Whitfield University Preceptor in the Humanities at Princeton University. His research interests lie primarily within epistemology (broadly construed) and the theory of rationality, especially the relationship between theoretical and practical rationality, the epistemological significance of persistent disagreement, and the extent to which one's starting point constrains the kinds of revisions in one's beliefs that philosophical argument might legitimately inspire.

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