Summer School on Truthmaker Semantics
About the summer school
The 2022 Summer School on truthmakers semantics organised by the University of Italian Switzerland will be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from June 13 to June 17, 2022. It is open to graduate students and early career researchers.
The course will provide the students with an overview of truthmaker semantics with special attention to some particular applications. It will begin with a comparison of three forms of truth-conditional semantics: possible worlds semantics, situation semantics and truthmaker semantics. It will then lay down the basic framework of the truthmaking approach. Here, the notions of a state space, of conjunctive and disjunctive part and of exact, inexact and loose verification will be introduced. The remainder of the course will be devoted to applications of the framework to such topics as counterfactuals, deontic logic and scalar implicature.
During the summer school, participants will be using a pre-publication copy of the book on truthmaker semantics that Kit Fine is co-authoring with Mark Jago.
Kit Fine (NYU)
Martin Glazier (Geneva)
Mark Jago (Nottingham)
Alessandro Cecconi (Geneva)
Paolo Gigli (USI)
Titles of the sessions
Monday 13 Varieties of Truth-conditional semantics compared: possible worlds semantics; situation semantics; truthmaker semantics.
Tuesday 14 Basic framework of truthmaker semantics: state space; truth-maker clauses; notions of entailment.
Wednesday 15 Application to counterfactuals.
Thursday 16 Applications to deontic logic and deontic revision.
Friday 17 Some linguistic applications: scalar implicature; free choice; negation.
Schedule of the Summer School
The following is a provisional schedule still subject to changes.
Varieties of T-cond compared
3.15pm-4pm Welcome & Introduction 4pm-5.30pm Class by Kit Fine
Basic Framework of TM Semantics
9.30am-11am Exercise and discussion session with Kit Fine 11am-11.15am Coffee break 11.15am-12.30pm Class by Kit Fine 12.30pm-13.30pm Lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm Class by Kit Fine 2.15pm-4pm Time for individual study 4pm-8pm Hike 8.30pm Social Apero
Application to Counterfactuals
9.30am-11am Exercise and discussion session with Kit Fine 11.00am-11.15am Coffee break 11.15am-12.30pm Class by Kit Fine 12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm Class by Kit Fine 2.15pm-4pm Time for individual study 7pm Social Apero
Linguistic and Deontic Logic Applications
9.30am-11am Exercise and discussion session with Mark Jago 11am-11.15am Coffee break 11.15am-12.30pm Class by Kit Fine 12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm Class by Kit Fine 2.15pm-4pm Time for individual study 4pm-5.30pm + 5.45pm-7.15pm SUP
9.30am-11am Exercise and discussion with Mark Jago 11am-11.45am Antonio Freiles A truthmaker approach to ontological dependence 11.45am-12.30pm Niccolò Rossi Refining truthmaker semantics for epistemic logic 12.30-13.30 Lunch break 13.30-14.15 Vita Saitta Truthmakers and knowledge 14.15-15.00 Francisca Silva Knowledge relative to a question