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Colloquium

Nicod Philosophy Colloquium 2020-2021

 

(Most talks will be online. We’ll have a limited number of slots for external participants. If you’d like to attend a session, please send an email about one week before that session to denis.buehler@ens.fr)

 


 

Institut Jean Nicod is happy to announce this year’s Nicod Philosophy Colloquium. Below is the schedule of speakers.

 

Gabriel Greenberg (UCLA)

"The Iconic-Symbolic Spectrum"

Friday October 9, 2020 7pm-9pm


Abstract :

 Iconic representation is exemplified by 3D models, pictures, maps, and diagrams. Symbolic representation is exemplified by words, mathematical and logical symbols, sentences, and discourses. This classification, due to C.S. Peirce, has found growing currency in linguistics and cognitive science, even while the nature of the underlying distinction remains obscure. In approaching this problem, I am guided by Ferdinand de Saussure’s famous dictum that linguistic signs bear a merely "arbitrary" relationship to the concepts they express, in contrast to any "natural" or "inner" connection. By reimagining Saussure’s opposition through the lens of contemporary formal semantics, I hope to shed light on two basic ways that representation can work. Comparative study of semantic theories for languages, diagram systems, and pictorial systems further reveals deeply divergent expressive strategies for encoding content in representational form.

(We’ll have a limited number of slots for external participants. If you’d like to attend a session, please send an email about one week before that session to denis.buehler@ens.fr)

 

Victoria McGeer (Princeton/ANU)

Friday November 13, 2020 at 9:30 am

 

Pepa Toribio (Barcelona)

Friday December 11, 2020 at 11 am


Ian Philips (Johns Hopkins)

Friday February 12, 2021 at 7 pm

 

David Velleman (NYU)

Friday March 12, 2021 at 7 pm
 

Laurie Paul (Yale)

Friday April, 9 2021 at 11 am

 

Nirmalangshu Mukherjee (Delhi)

Friday May 7, 2021 at 11 am


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