From the Psychological to the Logical (and back) — A Radical Contextualist Approach (2018)

From the Psychological to the Logical (and back) — A Radical Contextualist Approach


Charles Travis
Sofia Miguens
Mattia Riccardi
João Alberto Pinto

A Workshop and Inauguration of A Series

The main objective of this workshop and of the Radical Contextualism series in general is to explore origins and consequences of (current brands of) contextualism (Travis, Récanati, Searle). Usually contextualism in the philosophy of language concerns the implications of pragmatic phenomena for semantics. We will focus instead on the implications of occasion-sensitivity for the structure of the thought of rational beings, and vice versa, i.e. the bearing of the thought of rational beings on the presence and function of occasion-sensitivity. We intend that work to extend to questions regarding the form and function of logic, the nature of objectivity, and the nature of philosophy.

Contextualism and Epistemology

The first workshop of the network will have Prof Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins – Baltimore) as guest. Michael Williams’ work has been very influential in epistemology proposing a contextualist approach while at the same time opposing other contextualist epistemologists such as e.g. Keith De Rose.


December 11 | Sala do Departamento de Filosofia (Torre B)

10:30 | Opening: Sofia Miguens (U.Porto) & David Zapero (U.Bonn): Presentation of the Radical Contextualism network.

11:15 – 12:30 | Sofia Miguens (U.Porto): Temptation and Therapy – Wittgensteinian responses to other minds’ skepticism.

Lunch break

15:30 – 17:30 | Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins University): How Anti-Skepticism Lost Its way


December 12 | Sala 203

10:30 – 12:30 | Charles Travis (King’s College London/U.Porto): Workings of The Psychological: The Strange Case of Singular Thought.

Lunch break

14:30 – 15:45 | David Zapero (U.Bonn): Context-Sensitivity, Analysis, and Singularity.

December 13-14 |

Luca Corti (U.Porto) & Diana Couto (U.Barcelona/U.Porto): Interview with Michael Williams