Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Value Talk (VT)

Value Talk and Thought: Reading group 2017-2018

(Every two weeks, alternating with Semantics & Pragmatics, Wednesdays 17:15-19:15)


Guiding questions

-       What is it that makes a piece of language evaluative?

-       Does evaluative disagreement concern more than whether a proposition is true?

-       Does evaluative discourse place different requirements on context/common ground than descriptive language?

-       How can these context updates be blocked/prevented?

-       What is the role of expressive presuppositions/implicatures in communicating value, if any? And in guiding action?

-       Is the expressive/motivational component semantically encoded (if so, how?) or pragmatically conveyed? If pragmatic: how is it calculated?

-       What do the differences between thin and thick value terms reveal about their meanings (if any), and in turn how do they differ from pejoratives/laudatives?

-       What are normative concepts?




  • Reading Fletcher: Hybrid views in metaethics - pragmatic views

    Fletcher, G. (2014). Hybrid Views in Meta‐ethics: Pragmatic Views. Philosophy Compass 9 (12):848-863.

    Initial presentation by Teresa Marques

    11 October 2017

    17:15, seminario de história

  • Reading Schroeder: Hybrid Expressivism

    Schroeder, M. (2009). Hybrid Expressivism: Virtues and Vices. Ethics 119 (2):257-309.

    Reading section I - V.


    Initial presentation by Giulio Pietroiusti

    25 October 2017

    17:15, seminario de logica

  • Reading Schroeder: Hybrid Expressivism

    final sections of Schroeder's article

    discussion led by Teresa

    29 November 2017

    17:15, seminario de logica

  • Reading Jeshion: Expressivism and the Offensiveness of Slurs

    Initial presentation by Indrek Reiland.

    06 February 2018

    15:00, Seminari de Lógica

  • Reading Langton: Beyond Belief - Pragmatics in Hate Speech and Pornography

    Langton, R. (2012). Beyond Belief: Pragmatics in Hate Speech and Pornography. In Mary Kate McGowan Ishani Maitra (ed.), Speech and Harm: Controversies Over Free Speech. pp. 72

    20 February 2018

    15:00, Seminari de Lógica

  • Reading McGowan: Conversational exercitives

    McGowan, Mary Kate (2004). Conversational exercitives: Something else we do with our words. Linguistics and Philosophy 27 (1):93-111.

    Initial presentation by Isidora Stojanovic

    06 March 2018

    15:00, Seminari de Lógica

  • Reading Khoo: Code Words

    Khoo, Justin (2017). Code Words in Political Discourse. Philosophical Topics 45 (2):33-64.

    20 March 2018

    15:00, Seminari Ramon Llull (previous logic seminar)

  • Reading Perez Carballo and Santorio: Communication for Expressivists

    Perez Carballo, A. and Santorio, P. (2016). Communication for Expressivists. Ethics 126 (3): 607-635.

    10 April 2018

    15:00, Seminari Ramon Llull (previous logic seminar)

  • Reading García-Carpintero: Contexts as Shared Commitments

    García-Carpintero, Manuel (2015). Contexts as Shared Commitments. Frontiers in Psychology 6.

    24 April 2018

    15:00, Seminari Ramon Llull (previous logic seminar)

  • 26 April 2018


  • 26 April 2018