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Philosophy, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science

(Non)identity in Inflectional Paradigms
Donca Steriade, Asaf Bachrach, Andrew Nevins
Mon Jan 5, Tue Jan 6, Wed Jan 7, 09am-06:30pm, 2-105

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

The workshop asks the following questions:

Can the phonological form of items within a paradigm be predicted:

(I) purely by underlying shared morphosyntactic features (e.g. Jakobsonian case features, inflectional class)
(II) by phonologically-based preferences for identity/non-identity

We plan to bring together researchers addressing these questions from different theoretical frameworks (Output to Output correspondence, in the context of OT; as against Distributed Morphology); also researchers looking at different domains of facts (experimental work; phonological analysis of morphologically complex expressions; syntactic analysis)

As the idea of this workshop is to promote discussion, talks will be allotted more time than usual (40 to 50 minutes) with ample discussion time and possibly pre-arranged discussants.
Contact: Donca Steriade, E39-319, 253-3129, steriade@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Endangered Language Series
Andrea Rackowski
Wed Jan 28, Thu Jan 29, Fri Jan 30, 02-03:30pm, E39-335

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This is a series of talks on the subject of indigenous language revitalization - ­what is currently being done to help retain indigenous languages in communities, and what the future should hold. Speakers will discuss the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project, the Lardil Revitalization Project, and indigenous language organizations including the American Indian Language Development Institute and the Indigenous Language Institute. Each presentation will consist of a one hour presentation, followed by half an hour for questions.
Contact: Andrea Rackowski, asrackow@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Five Lectures in Philosophy and a Panel Discussion
Irving Singer
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Contact: Irving Singer, E39-351, 253-2649, bis@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Some Puzzles about Belief
Robert Stalnaker
Wed Jan 7, 02-04:00pm, 37-212

A Symposium on Bioethics
Ned Hall, Caspar Hare, Sally Haslanger, Sarah McGrath (Holy Cross) & William Stempsey (Holy Cross)
Flyer for Event

Presenters will consider a number of contemporary issues in bioethics, including: What counts as disease as opposed to a normal condition? How is the science of genetics influencing society at large and medicine in particular? Are there good sociobiological explanations of cultural phenomena? Are racial categories biologically sound? Are they valuable in the context of medicine?
Tue Jan 13, 01-04:30pm, 37-212, with a break for refreshments

How to Influence Truth-Value Without Really Being: Lessons from The King of France
Steve Yablo
Wed Jan 14, 02-04:00pm, 37-212

Common Knowledge and The Muddy Children Puzzle
Eric Swanson
Wed Jan 21, 02-04:00pm, 37-212

The Aesthetics of Mythmaking in Film
Irving Singer
Lecture including showing of John Huston's film The Dead (based on James Joyce's story with the same title)
Wed Jan 28, 02-05:00pm, 1-390

There Are Many Things
Vann McGee
Fri Jan 30, 02-04:00pm, 37-212

The Romanell Phi Beta Kappa Lectures in Philosophy
Joshua Cohen
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

I will be giving the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Lectures. I will be presenting three lectures in Political Philosophy. In the first two lectures, I will present a conception of "deliberative democracy," as an ideal of democracy for a pluralistic society. In the third lecture, I will present an account of human rights as an essential element in global public reason. The common thread in the three lectures is a conception of the role of shared reason in political life.
Contact: Joshua Cohen, E53-473, 253-5237, jcohen@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Democracy’s Public Reason
Joshua Cohen
Thu Jan 22, 03-05:00pm, 66-168

Democracy as Process and Substance
Joshua Cohen
Tue Jan 27, 03-05:00pm, 66-168

Global Public Reason and Human Rights
Joshua Cohen
Thu Jan 29, 05:30-07:00pm, 66-168

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