Summer School on Truthmaker Semantics

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  • 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.

     

    Instructors

    Kit Fine (NYU)

    Martin Glazier (Geneva)

    Mark Jago (Nottingham)

     

    Organisers
    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.

     

    MONDAY 13

    Varieties of T-cond compared

    3.15pm-4pm Welcome & Introduction
    4pm-5.30pm Class by Kit Fine

    TUESDAY 14

    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

    WEDNESDAY 15

    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

    THURSDAY 16

    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

    FRIDAY 17

    Graduate Sessions

    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
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