Sunday, February 21, 2010

Conference on Quine, Rome

International Postgraduate Conference
organised by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the young
researchers’ group APhEx (Analytical and Philosophical Explanation):

“Word and Object”, 50 years later.

Colloquium in Celebration of W.V.O. Quine
28-29 May 2010
Department of Philosophical and Epistemological Studies
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Via Carlo Fea, 2 - Villa Mirafiori

In the fifty years of the publication of Word and Object, the
conference aims to celebrate one of America’s most famous and
influential philosophers and mathematicians: W.V.O. Quine. The purpose
of the conference is to discuss and explore some of the major Quinean
theses: his objections to the analytic/synthetic distinction, meaning
scepticism, inscrutability of reference, indeterminacy of translation,
his views on logic and philosophy of mathematics, his stance on
metaphysics and ontological commitment.

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Cesare Cozzo (University of Roma “La Sapienza”)
Prof. Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)
Prof. Stephen White (Tufts University)

Submission details
We invite all graduate and postgraduate students, who currently work
in Quine’s philosophy, to submit papers which should be preferentially
in - but not limited to - one of those issues:
  • Epistemological and Linguistic Holism;
  • Naturalism and naturalization;
  • Ontological Relativity and Relativism;
  • Quine on logic and science.
Please submit abstracts, written in English and prepared for blind-
review, of no more than 500 words. Submissions are made electronically
by email attachment to Francesca Ervas at and Vera
Tripodi at by 1 March 2010. You will be sent
a confirmation note after your submission has been received. The file
formats .pdf, .rtf and .doc are preferable. Please specify on a
separate page name, affiliation, e-mail address, and section in which
the paper is to be presented.

Successful applicants will be informed on April, 1st.

Key Dates
1 March 2010: Deadline for submission of abstracts
1 April 2010: Notification of acceptance
28 May 2010: Registration

10 euro: students
20 euro: non-students

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation.
Further information regarding university accommodation will be
provided at the registration stage. Unfortunately we are unable to
offer travel grants.

Further Information
For further information and the programme of the conference (to be
released in due time), please contact

Organising Committee
  • Marianna Antonutti (University of Bristol)
  • Roberto Ciuni (Delft University of Technology)
  • Francesca Ervas (Università Roma Tre’)
  • Daniele Santoro (LUISS, Roma)
  • Vera Tripodi (University of Oslo)
  • Stefano Vaselli (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

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