[SydPhil] Reminder: David Ripley (University of Melbourne / University of Con... @ Wed 1 May 2013 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)

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Title: David Ripley (University of Melbourne / University of Connecticut)
Getting lost in the woods: logical approaches to confusion and collapse


Confusion, of the kind I'm concerned with, is what happens when we treat  
two or more things as though they were one. Although it's essentially the  
reverse of the Hesperus/Phosphorus phenomenon explored by Frege, it has  
received much less philosophical attention. In this talk, I'll explore a  
few examples of confusion, and try to give a sense of the phenomenon. I'll  
argue that confusion is not always a bad idea; sometimes it's good to be  
confused. I'll consider two existing attempts to use logical tools to  
understand confusion, due to Field and Camp, and argue that neither of them  
succeeds in grappling with the phenomenon; both are, in the end, confusing  
confusion with something else. Finally, I'll propose a novel logical  
approach to confusion, based on what I'll call "collapse", and explore some  
of its features.
When: Wed 1 May 2013 15:30 – 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Level 4, via Lobby B (or Southern Vestibule), Quadrangle  
Building, University Place, The University of Sydney.
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