The Spring 2015 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona, Linguistics and Cognitive Science departments. The title of Professor Piattelli-Palmarini's talk is "On Referring To Oneself: Attitudes De Se." (Abstract below.)
Friday, Apr 10, 2015, 3-5pm, Social Sciences 224 (1145 E South Campus Drive 85721).
"On Referring To Oneself: Attitudes De Se"
For many years, philosophers (most notably Hector Neri Castañeda, Jakko Hintikka, John Perry, and David Lewis) have analyzed propositions that express self-reference and self-attribution. Various explanations of the contract between truth de re, de dicto and de se have been proposed. The issue took an interesting and novel turn when the syntax and semantics of de se expressions were examined. Gennaro Chierchia (1989), James Higginbotham (1991, 2010, 2013) and Norbert Hornstein (1999) have offered convincing explanations of the special properties of expressions of possible, impossible or mandatory self-reference. Interesting commonalities and differences between different languages are presently being explored.