In 2012, the theme for the conference is contextualism and relativism. Due to the nature of the intended audience, the papers should be largely non-technical, and accessible to any professional philosopher in the analytic tradition. In particular, speakers should avoid complex formalisms and the use of technical jargon. Our hope is that the conference will provide a timely opportunity for philosophers and linguists working in different areas to engage on these important topics.
Some of the questions to be addressed include the following: What is a context? How do matters from context affect the conveyed content of various utterances? To what extent is semantics and even syntax affected by context? Which concepts are best understood in either contextualist or relativist terms? Examples include matters of personal taste, epistemic modals (and other modals), future contingents, and logical consequence. Perhaps even truth. Although we intend to invite some linguists and perhaps some logicians, we will, of course, insist that the talks be philosophical, accessible to a wide audience of non-specialists. There should be a minimum of technical detail—and no unexplained technical detail.
We plan to bring together a total of about 20 scholars for the conference, which will involve five days of talks at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik. We are considering a session for graduate students, but that has yet to be decided. One general theme of all of these conferences is to bring first-rate analytic philosophers into contact with philosophers in Central and Eastern Europe. This year, we are hoping to extend the umbrella to linguists.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer our speakers honoraria or any other forms of financial support for travel and other expenses. Nevertheless, we can promise a very stimulating conference with a diverse and exciting group of colleagues, in what many people consider one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We are hoping, of course, that conference attendees will be able to secure financial support from their home institutions, and we will be happy to provide further documentation, as needed, for use in securing such funds.