Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

Languages and Communication Languages and Communication
Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Philosophy and Philosophy of Science


31 Aug 2020 - 04 Sep 2020
ECTS points
Course directors:
Barry Crawford Smith, Institute of Philosophy London, United Kingdom
Frances Egan, Rutgers University, United States
Jeffrey King, Rutgers University, United States
Genoveva Marti, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia
Nenad Miščević, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Una Stojnić, Princeton University, United States
Prof. Michael Glanzberg, Rutgers University, United States
Course description:

There were some organizing problems with the course “Mental Phenomena” that   was held at the IUC for some time it looked as if we would lose our regular September slot at the IUC when Michael Devitt offered to get some people together (on a very short notice) and have a course in the philosophy of linguistics. So, we started organizing a small conference in 2005 on the philosophy of linguistics and language and mind. The focus of the course was Michael Devitt's work on philosophy of linguistics. We included the summary of Devitt's then forthcoming book Ignorance of language (in the meantime published by Oxford: Clarendon Press in 2006) and thought the discussion of this book would provoke heated debate since Devitt’s views about language stand in a stark contrast with the dominant Chomskyan mainstream. So, Philosophy of Linguistics course was born and it was a great success. To our huge surprise the following was immediately noticed that whereas philosophy of language conferences were common, philosophy of linguistics ones were rare to nonexistent. Our conference became precious for philosophy of linguistics, and very soon we started getting enthusiastic comments from across the Ocean.

We have so far celebrated our 15 years of existence with more course directors involved and the name was slightly changed. It is now called Philosophy of Linguistics and Language course. This very fruitful, lively, convivial and productive conference is taking place every year with now traditionally two days of the conference dedicated to the discussion of some important forthcoming book in this field or the discussion of some relevant current issues. The proceedings are regularly published in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy by Kruzak, Zagreb.


Course lecturers:
Michael Devitt, The Graduate Center, Cuny, United States
Paul Pietroski, Rutgers University, United States
Marilynn Johnson, University of California, San Diego, United States
Paolo Santorio, University of Maryland, United States
John Collins, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom