Montag, 18. Juni 2018, 09:00 - 19:00 iCal

Chalmers and Carnap on Metaphilosophy

Workshop on Metaphilosophy

Marietta-Blau-Saal im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

The Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy (WFAP) will host a workshop with David Chalmers (NYU/ANU) on June 18th 2018 at the University of Vienna (Austria). The topic will be “Chalmers and Carnap on Metaphilosophy”.


Philosophers from Vienna defended a novel conception of philosophy in the 1930s, thus contributing foundational work for what we now call “analytic philosophy”. Debates on the task of philosophy are also flourishing at the moment, in particular in light of the literatures on (meta)metaphysics, disagreements, and the nature of concepts. David Chalmers has contributed to all these debates, e.g. in Verbal Disputes (2011). He has taken substantial inspiration from Rudolf Carnap, particularly vivid in his 2012 book Constructing the World, where he argues that all truths are scrutable from base truths. Scrutability allows for philosophical progress, as all philosophical truths are in principle knowable, and all philosophical disagreements in principle resolvable. Chalmers’ work also relates to a new theory within the methodology of philosophy: conceptual engineering – where the creation, assessment, and improvement of concepts is defended as the job of philosophers. This workshop aims to tackle such metaphilosophical debates, with special focus on Chalmers’ and Carnap’s work.

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Wiener Forum für analytische Philosophie


Sophia Arbeiter
Wiener Forum für analytische Philosophie