Thinking the Individual: Proper Names, Indexicals, Conceptual Descriptions in Contemporary Philosophy
International Conference. Organized by the Research Unit MéThéor (University of Liège), the Research Unit 'Phenomenologies'
(University of Liège), and the National Center for Logical Research (CNRL - NCNL)
University of Liège, 10-11 February 2010
How do we refer to objects in their individuality? What does it mean, to identify an individual
in the world? Does reference always entail conceptual identification?
Or is a pre-logical objectification possible? From Bolzano to Kripke,
the problem of individual identification has been — from a logico-linguistic
as well as psychological or phenomenological point of view — subject
to numerous controversies, still well alive today, around the notions
of definite description, of proper name, of indexical, of deictic, of
rigid designator, etc. The conference aims to investigate some of these
controversies by exploring various approaches of the individuality problem
in contemporary philosophy: Bolzano's distinction between intuition
and concept, Mill's notion of connotation, Frege's, Russell's, Quine's,
and Kripke's logics of proper name, the Husserlian conception of indexicality
and noema, the theory of individual concepts in the pre-Fregean German
logic and in Carnap's intensional logic, etc.
- Jocelyn Benoist (Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne)
- Jean-Philippe Narboux (Université de Bordeaux 3)
- Francesco Orilia (Università di Macerata)
- François Recanati (CNRS, Institut Nicod)
Denis Seron (d.seron(a)ulg.ac.be) +32 (0)4 366 55 92
R. Brisart (FUSL, Université de Luxembourg), A. Dewalque (ULg), B. Leclercq (ULg), D. Seron (FNRS-ULg).
J. Benoist (Université de Paris 1), R. Brisart (FUSL, Université de Luxembourg), A. Dewalque (ULg), P. Gochet (ULg), B. Leclercq
(ULg), D. Seron (FNRS-ULg).
The conference is free of charge and open to the public without registration.
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