Logical and Metaphysical Perspectives on Grounding


About
The workshop "Logical and Metaphysical Perspectives on Grounding" is a satellite workshop at the GAP.9 Conference (15.-17. September 2015) and will take place on the 18th of September 2015. The workshop will bring leading researches on the metaphysics and logic of grounding together for a one day event to discuss the concept of grounding from both a logical and metaphysical perspective. The four invited speakers will be joined by four commentators in an informal setting to discuss issues in the logic and metaphysics of grounding.

Speakers
  • Fabrice Correia (University of Neuchâtel): Semantics for the Impure Logic of Representational Ground
Abstract: I propose a semantics for an impure logic of ground of the sort defended by Kit Fine in his "Guide to Ground" (2012). The semantics integrates elements taken from Fine's truth-maker semantics for the pure logic of ground, as well as the view that facts can have logical complexity.
  • Benjamin Schnieder (University of Hamburg): Fundamental Parts and Fundamental Truths
Abstract: The talk explores two views held by Bernard Bolzano: The first view is an important tenet in his theory of grounding:
    • He believed that the Principle of Sufficient Reason fails because there are brute, fundamental truths. 
    • The second view is an important tenet in his theory of mereology: He believed that there must be mereological atoms. 
While Bolzano himself addressed the issues only independently from each other, there are actually interesting connections between his views on the topics, which also bear on the current debate about grounding.
  • Johannes Korbmacher (MCMP Munich): Towards Axiomatic Theories of Ground
Abstract: In this paper, we axiomatize partial ground over the truths of arithmetic in a first-order theory using a binary ground predicate of sentences. 

  • Stephan Krämer (University of Hamburg): The Pure Logic of Ground in Raising Semantics
Abstract: In a recent manuscript, I develop a semantics for the propositional logic of ground which I call Raising Semantics. Its most important feature is that it renders sound the rules of the Impure Logic of Ground described by Kit Fine in his "Guide to Ground". However, it turns out that there are also interesting and substantive differences between Fine's Pure Logic of Ground and the Pure Logic of Ground that my semantics yields, especially concerning the somewhat controversial notion of weak ground. I examine some of these differences.

Satellite Workshop at the GAP.9 Conference in Osnabrück

September 18th 2015






Programm - [PDF]

  • 9:30-11:00am Fabrice Correia (University of Neuchâtel): Semantics for the Impure Logic of Representational Ground - Comment: Jonas Werner 
  • 11:15am-12:45pm Johannes Korbmacher (MCMP Munich): Towards Axiomatic Theories of Ground - Comment: Robert Michels
  • 12:45-2:30pm lunch
  • 2:30-4:00pm Benjamin Schnieder (University of Hamburg): Fundamental Parts and Fundamental Truths - Comment: Alexander Skiles
  • 4:15-5:45pm Stephan Krämer (University of Hamburg): The Pure Logic of Ground in Raising Semantics - Comment: Lorenzo Casini

    Commentators 
    • Alexander Skiles (University of Neuchâtel)
    • Lorenzo Casini (University of Geneva)
    • Robert Michels (University of Geneva)
    • Jonas Werner (University of Hamburg)

    Workshop Venue
    The workshop is going to take place in Room 15/133, Seminarstraße 20 at the University of Osnabrück.

    Seminarstraße 20



    Registration
    Attendance is free of charge, but please register via e-mail at jkorbmacher@gmail.com

    Workshop Dinner
    For our workshop dinner, we'll go to the Hausbrauerei Rampendahl (http://www.rampendahl.de/). If you wish to participate (on a "Dutch treat" basis), please register with the organizers.

    Hasestraße 35