Group Thinking seminars in the academic year 2020-21:

  • On Margaret Gilbert, “Walking Together”.

Group Thinking seminars in the academic year 2019-20:

  • Talk: Robbie Williams on epistemic charity and metaphysical charity. (work in progress)
  • On Olle Blomberg & Björn Petersson, “Team Reasoning and Collective Moral Obligation”. (recorded talk for Social Ontology 2020)
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): Herman Capellen presenting on metasemantics for AI.
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): Josh Habgood-Coote presenting “Group Knowledge How”.
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): David Chalmers presenting work in progress on AI.
  • On Juan Comesaña, “Evidentialist Reliabilism”.
  • On Max Baker-Hytch, “Defeatism Defeated”.
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): Mikkel Gerken presenting “The Significance of Scientific Testimony” (Ch. 7 of his book-in-progress).
  • Talk: Robbie Williams, “Against Epistemic Charity”. (work in progress)
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): Mona Simion presenting on “Group Belief and Responsibility Transmission”
  • Talk: Haixin Dang, “Epistemic Responsibility and Collaboration in Science”. (work in progress)
  • Talk: Andy Peet, “Group Normic Reliabilism”. (work in progress)
  • On Brian Epstein, “What Are Social Groups? Their Metaphysics and How To Classify Them”.
  • On Paul Faulkner, “Collective Testimony and Collective Knowledge”.
  • On Olivier Roy & Anne Schwenkenbecher, “Shared Intentions, Loose Groups and Pooled Knowledge”.
  • On Christian List & Philip Pettit, “The Epistemic Desideratum” Ch. 4 of Group Agency.
  • On Conor Mayo-Wilson, Kevin J.S. Zollman & David Danks, “The Independence Thesis: When Individual and Social Epistemology Diverge”.
  • On Jeffrey Dunn, “Reliable Group Belief”.
  • On Fredrick Schmitt, “The Justification of Group Belief”.
  • Speaker (over MS Teams): Jennifer Lackey, discussion on “What is Justified Group Belief”; presentation on “Group Epistemic Duties”; discussion on “Group Lies”.
  • On Jennifer Lackey, “Group Belief” (manuscript chapter).
  • On Jennifer Lackey, “Group Lies”.
  • Speaker: Natalie Gold, talk on “Guard Against Temptation: Team Reasoning and the Role of Intentions in Exercising Willpower”; discussion on Natalie Gold & Robert Sugden “Collective Intentions and Team Agency”; discussion on “Putting Willpower into Decision Theory: The Person As a Team Over Time and Intrapersonal Team Reasoning”.
  • On Natalie Gold, “Team Reasoning, Framing, and Self-Control: An Aristotelian Account”.
  • On Jennifer Lackey, “What is Justified Group Belief?”
  • Speaker: Kenny Easwaran, talk on “Decision Theory without Representation Theorems”; discussion on “The Concept of Rationality for a City”; pre-read seminar on Kenny Easwaran & Reuben Stern, “Diachronic and Interpersonal Coherence” (draft).
  • On Kenny Easwaran, “The Concept of Rationality for a City”.
  • On Natalie Gold & Robert Sugden, “Collective Intentions and Team Agency”.
  • On Scott Shapiro, “Massively Shared Agency”.
  • GROUNDS internal work-in-progress seminar I: theoretical roles for collective intentionality. Heather Logue, “Indispensability of Group Attitudes in Social Psychology”; Daniel Elstein: “The Indispensability of Group Attitudes to Group Responsibility”; Thomas Bouwer: “Collective Intentionality and Social Reality”.
  • Speaker: Harvey Lederman, talk on the negative arguments from “Uncommon Knowledge”; talk on “”A Theory of Common Ground”; discussion on the positive view in “Uncommon Knowledge” & “Two Paradoxes”.
  • On Harvey Lederman, “Two Paradoxes of Common Knowledge: Coordinated Attack and Electronic Mail”.
  • On Harvey Lederman, “Uncommon Knowledge”.
  • On Olle Blomberg, “Common Knowledge and Reductionism About Shared Agency”.

Group Thinking seminars in the academic year 2018-19 (starts March 2019):

  • Talk: Robbie Williams, “Minimal Common Knowledge” (work in progress)
  • On Gunnar Björnsson, “Collective Responsibility and Collective Obligations Without Collective Moral Agents”.
  • Talk: Robbie Williams, “Public Information and Common Belief”. (work in progress)
  • Talk: Thomas Brouwer, “Multiple Populations”. (work in progress)
  • On John Campbell, “Joint Attention” from The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality.
  • On Harvey Lederman, “Common Knowledge” from The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality.
  • On Michael A. Hogg, “Social Categorization, Depersonalization, and Group Behavior” from The Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes.
  • On Stephen Reicher, “The Psychology of Crowd Dynamics” from The Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes.
  • On Tindale et al. “Shared Cognition in Small Groups ” from The Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes.
  • On Scott Shapiro, Ch. 6 “The Making of a Legal System” from Legality.
  • Talk: Robbie Williams, “Persistence and Representation”. (work in progress)
  • On Kit Fine, “The Identity of Social Groups”.
  • On Margaret Gilbert, chapter from A theory of political obligation.
  • On Gallotti, “Collective Attitudes and the Anthropocentric View”.
  • Talk: Thomas Brouwer, “Interpretationism and Hybrid Collective Intentionality”. (work in progress)
  • On David Atenasio, “Co-responsibility for individualists”
  • On Margaret Gilbert, “Who’s to blame?”
  • On Christian List, “Three Kinds of Collective Intentionality”.
  • Speaker: Deb Tollefsen. a pre-read session on “Group Testimony”. A pre-read session on “From extended Mind to Collective Mind”. A talk on “Institutional Knowledge”.

Representation seminars in academic year 2016-17:

  • Speaker: Adam Pautz. Two pre-read sessions on perception and intentionality, and a talk.
  • Speaker: Herman Cappelen; pre-read session on a draft of his book “Fixing Language”
  • Speaker: Ian Rumfitt; pre-read sessions on his work on truth and the Burali-Forti paradox
  • Speaker: Sarah Sawyer; a pre-read session on a book chapter “Concepts and Moral Properties” and a talk on concepts, conceptions and self-knowledge
  • Speaker: Brian Epstein; two talks – “What are social groups?” and “Two ways of making the social world”
  • On Matthew Mandelkern, Ginger Schultheis and David Boyla’s “Agentive Modals”
  • On Toppinem on expressivism and the normativity of attitudes
  • On Scharp, “Inconsistent concepts” from his book Replacing Truth
  • On Lepore, “The heresy of paraphrase”
  • Leckie on rewriting semantic externalism
  • Hewitt on inferentialism and quantifiers
  • On Woodfield on reference and deference
  • On Daniel Cohnitz and Jussi Haukioja’s “Meta-Externalism vs Meta-Internalism in The Study of Reference”
  • On Boghossian, “On what the externalist can know a priori”
  • On Margaret Gilbert & Daniel Pilchman’s “Belief, Acceptance and What Happens in Groups”
  • On Christian List & Philip Pettit’s 2011 book Group Agency: The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents (chapter 1)
  • On Michael E. Bratman’s “Shared Cooperative Activity”
  • On MacFarlane, “In What Sense (If Any) Is Logic Normative for Thought?”
  • Speaker: Florian Steinberger, two pre-read sessions and one talk on the normativity of logic.
  • On Plunkett and Sundell, “Disagreement and the Semantics of Normative and Evaluative Terms”.
  • On Haslanger, “Gender and Race: (What) are they? (What) do we want them to be?”
  • On Eklund, “Intuitions, Conceptual Engineering, and Conceptual Fixed Points”.

Representation seminars in academic year 2015-16:

  • Speaker: Dave Chalmers two pre-read sessions : “The Representational Character of Experience”, “Inferentialism and Analyticity” and “Reference Magnets and the Grounds of Intentionality”
  • On Chalmers  ‘Constucting the World’ (several seminars)
  • On Recanati’s book “Mental Files”
  • On Perry’s “A problem about Continued Belief”
  • On Schneider’s “LOT, CTM, and the Elephant in the Room”
  • On Jackson and Pettit’s “Some Content is Narrow”
  • On Fodor’s “Why There Still Has To Be A Language Of Thought”
  • On Stich’s “Fat Content meets narrow syntax”
  • Ed Elliot on Representation Theorems (several seminars)
  • “On Words” by Hawthorne and LePore
  • On Kaplan’s “Words”
  • Speaker: Guy Longworth two pre-read sessions on “Comprehending speech” and “Understanding what was said” and a talk “An entertaining account of understanding”
  • On Heck’s “Reason and Language”
  • On Hornsby’s  “Semantic Knowledge and Practical Knowledge”
  • On Longworth’s “Linguistic Understanding and Knowledge”
  • Speaker: Tim Button two pre-read sessions on “Brains in vats and model theory” and “The weight of truth: Lessons for minimalists from Russell’s Gray’s Elegy argument” and a talk: “The Empiricist Problematic: Treating Carnap’s Aufbau as a case-study”
  • Robbie Williams on “Normative Reference Magnets” (work in progress)
  • On Button “On the limits of Realism”
  • Williams on “What we talk about when we talk about talking about.” (work in progress)
  • Williams on “Source intentionality”
  • On Hedden on “Options and the subjective ought
  • On Hattiangadi “Is meaning normative?”
  • On Boghossian “The rule-following considerations”

Representation seminars in academic year 2014-15:

  • Speaker: Janice Dowell, two lectures on methodology and data in semantics.
  • On Dowell “A flexible, contextualist account of epistemic modals”
  • Speaker: Tyler Burge “Entitlement: basis for empirical warrant”; “Do apes and very young children attribute mental states?”
  • On Burge Origins of Objectivity (chs.9/10).
  • Speaker: Hartry Field “Egocentric content”; “Caie’s paradox of credence”, “What is logical validity?”
  • On Field “Attributions of meaning and content”.
  • On Caie “Belief and indeterminacy”
  • On Field “Mental representation”
  • On Block “Mental pictures and cognitive science”.
  • On Haslanger “Ideology, Generics and Common Ground”
  • On Carr (work in progress).
  • Speaker: Liz Camp “Logical concepts and associative characterizations”; “On why metaphors make good insults”; “Cartography is not propositional”.
  • Speaker: John Hawthorne. Title TBA.
  • On Camp: “Thinking with maps”
  • Speaker: Richard Heck “Solving Frege’s puzzle”, “Sense as a mode of representation”, “Intuition and the substitution argument”.
  • On Heck “The sense of communication”
  • On Lynch “Three questions for truth pluralism”.
  • Speaker: Lisa Bortolotti on “The epistemic benefits of clinical memory distortions” and “The epistemic innocence of motivated delusions”.
  • On Kriegel:  introduction to phenomenal intentionality.
  • On Stainton on Chomsky.
  • On Heck “Reason and Language”

Representation seminars in academic year 2013-14:

  • August 2014: Reading group (four sessions) on Steven Yablo’s “Aboutness”.
  • On Price “From quasirealism to global expressivism and back again?”
  • Speaker: Mahrad Almotahari, “‘Good’ without Good”.
  • On Yalcin “Semantics and metasemantics in the context of generative grammar”
  • On Rayo “A plea for semantic localism”
  • Speaker:  Zoe Drayson, “Redundant representations and intentional explanation”, “Action-oriented perception”, “Representation and reflexive thought”
  • On McGlynn on Williamson on Knowledge-maximization (McGlynn attending via Skype).
  • On Ludwig & Lepore on Davidson on Charity.
  • On Williamson “Knowledge-Maximization”
  • On Millikan “In defense of proper function”
  • On Millikan “Biosemantics”
  • Speaker: Wolfgang Schwarz,  “Imaginary Foundations”, “Subjunctive Conditional Probability”, and “Decision Theory in Ethics”
  • On Rupert “Causal theories of mental content”
  • Speaker: Richard Holton “Intention as a model for belief”.
  • Williams: “Radical Intepretation Revisited III: eligibility” (background reading: Weatherson “The role of naturalness in Lewis’s theory of meaning”).
  • Williams: “Radical Interpretation Revisited II: charity” (background reading: Maher Betting on Theories, selection)
  • Williams: “Radical Intepretation Revisited I: rationalization” (pre-read: Maher Betting on Theories, selection)
  • Speaker: Gurpreet Rattan.
  • Speaker: Damien Rochford “The calibration model of learning”.
  • On King and Speaks on Soames
  • On Soames “Propositions as cognitive event types”
  • On Matthews “The measure of mind”
  • On Tang “Intentionality and partial belief”
  • On Stalnaker Inquiry ch 1.
  • On Ross and Schroeder “Belief, credence and pragmatic encroachment”
  • On Hajek “A puzzle about degree of belief”
  • On Christianson “Two models of belief”
  • On  Lewis “Language and Languages”
  • On Lewis “Radical Interpretation”
  • On Dretske Explaining Behaviour ch.3
  • On Dretske Explaining Behaviour ch.5

Representation seminars from January 2013:

  • Speaker: Imogen Dickie, on reference.
  • 15 Mar 2013. “The problem of deduction”. Discussion led by Ulrike Heuer.
  • 8 Mar 2013. “Interpretation, Representation and deductive reasoning” (Stenning et al).
  • 1 Mar 2013. “Mental Models and Deductive reasoning” (Johnson-Laird). Discussion led by Nick Wiltshire.
  • 22nd Feb 2013. “Logical approaches to Human Deductive reasoning” (Rips). Discussion led by Robert Williams.
  • 15th Feb 2013. “Extensional vs. Intuitive reasoning” (Kahneman/Tversky). Discussion led by Paolo Santorio.
  • 8th Feb 2013. “When rationality fails” (Elster). Discussion led by Heather Logue.
  • 1st Feb 2013. Visiting Speaker: Imogen Dickie (Toronto). “Reference and Justification”.
  • 21 Jan 2013. “Belief and the will” (van Fraassen). Discussion led by Andrew McGonigal.
  • 18 Jan 2013. Selections from “Change in view” (Harman). Discussion led by Robert Williams.

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