Applied Philosophy of Language

Politics and Power

4th May 2019, University of Reading

Although philosophy of language has traditionally been understood as a purely theoretical discipline, recent scholarship has begun to explore practical applications of the conceptual tools developed by philosophers of language.

The aim of the 2019 Ratio Conference is to foster this development by discussing how insights from philosophy of language can shed light on important contemporary phenomena in the spheres of politics, law and society, as in philosophical analysis of disagreement, derogatory speech, gendered terms, and propaganda.

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The 2019 Ratio conference is organized by Sarah Fisher, Antonio Scarafone and Marat Shardimgaliev, together with Professor Emma Borg, Doctor Nat Hansen and Professor David Oderberg.

The Conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP) and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, University of Reading.