Hilary Putnam

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UCD School of Philosophy
Conference in Honour of Hilary Putnam’s 80th Birthday
Provisional Programme

11-14 March 2007

Sunday March 11th
10.00 am- 11.00 am Registration

11.00 am Opening Key Note Address
Stanley Cavell (Harvard)

Lunch

Session II. Charles Parsons (Harvard)
‘Putnam on Existence and Ontology’
Chair: Paul Benacerraf (Princeton)

Session III. Warren Goldfarb (Harvard)
‘Putnam and the Philosophy of Mathematics’
Chair: Mark Wilson (Pittsburgh)

Coffee Break

Session IV. Roundtable on Perception
John McDowell (Pittsburgh)
Charles Travis (Kings College London)
James Conant (Pittsburgh)
Hilary Putnam (Harvard)
Chair: Hilla Jacobson (BUI)

Wine Reception

Hosted by the
International Journal of Philosophical Studies
(Taylor and Francis)

Monday March 12th
Session I. 9.00 am
Richard Boyd (Cornell)
‘What of Pragmatism with the World Here?’
Chair: L. Alberto Cordero-Lecca (CUNY)

Coffee Break

Session II. David Albert (Columbia)
‘Physics and Narrative’
Chair: Yuval Dolev (BUI)

Lunch

Session III. Paul Franks (University of Toronto)
‘Causation, Explanation, and Truth’
Chair: Arata Hamawaki (University of Chicago)

Session IV. Hartry Field (NYU)
‘Mathematical Undecidables, Metaphysical Realism, and Equivalent Descriptions
Chair: Bob Hale (Sheffield)

Coffee Break

Session V. Roundtable on Externalism

Saul Kripke (CUNY)
Tyler Burge (UCLA)
Hilary Putnam (Harvard)
Chair and Contributor: Crispin Wright
(St. Andrews)

Tuesday March 13th
Session I. 9.00 am
Axel Mueller (Northwestern)
‘Putnam vs. Quine on Revisability and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction’
Chair: Alan Berger (Brandeis University)

Coffee Break

Session II. David Macarthur
(University of Sydney, Australia)
†‘Putnam and the Philosophical Appeal to Common Sense’
Chair: Anat Biletzki (Tel Aviv University)

Lunch

Session III. Yemima Ben-Menahem’
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
‘Revisiting "The Refutation of Conventionalism"’
†Chair: Ofra Rechter (Tel Aviv University)

Coffee Break

Session IV. Michael Devitt
(City University of New York)
‘Resurrecting Biological Essentialism’
Chair: Peter Clarke (St Andrews)

Session V. Ned Block (NYU)
‘Wittgenstein and Qualia’
Chair: Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Wednesday March 14th
Session I. 9.00 am
Juliet Floyd† (Boston University)
‘Fact, Value and Necessity in Putnam’
Chair: Norma B. Goethe
(University of Cordoba, Argentina)

Coffee Break

Session II. Roundtable. Philosophical Influences: Pragmatism and Beyond

Russell Goodman (University of New Mexico)†
‘Some Sources of Putnam’s Pluralism’
Christopher Hookway† (Sheffield)
'Towards the Pragmatist Enlightenment'
Ruth Anna Putnam (Wellesley College)
‘Putnam and Jewish Philosophy’
Chair: †John Haldane† (St. Andrews)

Lunch

2.00 pm: Conference on German Idealism and Normativity begins

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Session III.
Alva NoŽ (Berkeley)
‘Novel experiences’
Chair: Steven Gross (Johns Hopkins University)

Session IV. Closing Address
Hilary Putnam (Harvard)
Chair: Tyler Burge (UCLA)

8:30pm Conference Dinner

German Idealism and Normativity conference continues on 15 March 2007

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