[SydPhil] The Philosophy of Ruth Millikan - reading group starting March 7th

Paul Griffiths paul.griffiths at sydney.edu.au
Fri Mar 2 17:35:40 AEDT 2018

Reading Group: The Philosophy of Ruth Millikan

Ruth Garrett Millikan is one of the most influential living philosophers. Her program in the philosophy of mind and language has been developed over forty years, and has generated an enormous secondary literature. Millikan ideas are widely appealed to in contemporary debates about purpose, norms and intentionality. These received versions often fail to reflect the ambition and subtlety of Millikan’s thought.

In this group we will revisit Millikan’s early work through some key publications, and her philosophical impact through papers in the volume Millikan and her Critics and Millikan’s responses in that volume. After the now thoroughly non-aligned mid-semester breaks of NSW universities we will read Millikan’s recent and likely final monograph, Beyond Concepts.

Interested philosophers from the Sydney region are invited to meet in N492, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney at 3.30 on Wednesday March 7th, and weekly thereafter. This is 30 minutes after the end of the Sydney departmental philosophy seminar, leaving time for a recovery beverage. Please contact paul.griffiths at sydney.edu.au<mailto:paul.griffiths at sydney.edu.au> for a draft reading list, which will be renegotiated at the first meeting.

Ryder, Dan, Justine Kingsbury, and Kenneth Williford. Millikan and Her Critics. Wiley, 2012.

Millikan, Ruth Garrett. Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information. OUP, 2017.

For a brief introduction to Millikan’s thought, see: Shea, Nicholas. On Millikan. Wadsworth Philosophers, 2004.

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