Linguistics and Philosophy working group

WhenNovember 09, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereStuart Hall, Room 209
Contact InformationLinguistics Department
DescriptionNat Hansen (Ph.D. Philosophy UChicago 2010) will be giving a talk to the Linguistics and Philosophy working group in Stuart 209 on November 9, 10:30-12:30:

"A Corpus Study of 'Know': On the Verification of Philosophers' Frequency Claims about Language"

We investigate claims about the frequency of “know” made by philosophers. Our investigation has several overlapping aims. First, we aim to show what is required to confirm or disconfirm philosophers’ claims about the comparative frequency of different uses of philosophically interesting expressions. Second, we aim to show how using linguistic corpora as tools for investigating meaning is a productive methodology, in the sense that it yields discoveries about the use of language that philosophers would have overlooked if they remained in their “armchairs of an afternoon”, to use J.L. Austin’s phrase. Third, we discuss facts about the meaning of “know” that so far have been ignored in philosophy, with the aim of reorienting discussions of the relevance of ordinary language for philosophical theorizing.
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