[SydPhil] Notification: Shawn Standefer (Melbourne) @ Wed 10 Oct 2018 13:00 - 14:30 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Shawn Standefer (Melbourne)
Title: The Universal Generalization Problem and Informational Screening
Abstract: The rule of inference introducing a universal quantifier proceeds  
from a premiss involving a singular term to a conclusion with a universal  
quantifier. What entitles one to pass from the apparently particular  
premise to the general conclusion? One option, defended by Kit Fine,  
involves the use of arbitrary objects. Another option, defended by Carlo  
Cellucci, involves the use of substitution. In this talk, I will set out  
the Problem of Universal Generalization and provide some background on the  
views of Fine and Cellucci. I will argue that these views leave out some  
related devices of generalization, such as modal operators. I will present  
an alternative account that uses the notion of informational screening. I  
will explain this notion, provide examples of how it works, and argue that  
it can accommodate Cellucci's proposal while also applying more broadly.  
Finally, I will close by considering some objections to the proposal.
When: Wed 10 Oct 2018 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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