April 20 Friday

Language and Authority: A Conference

  • Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00PM - 12:00PM
  • Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208
  • Open To The Public
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Description

Friday, April 20, 2018  2pm -6pm
Satuday, April 21, 2018  9am - 4:30pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018 10am - 12 pm

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Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

How does language mediate social rank, power, and authority? This is a central topic of the philosophical work of Rae Langton. In this conference, we bring together philosophers who have been working on these themes over the past two decades, together with theorists outside philosophy who have contributed significantly to this topic. Besides initiating an interdisciplinary discussion, the goal is to help further systematic work on language and authority in the field of philosophy.

Friday, April 20
Auditorium

2:00 – 3:15 pm
Cydney Dupree, "Crossing Status Divides: Stereotypes, Strategies, and Solutions"
Break – Room 108
3:30 – 4:45 pm
Jack Balkin, “Why are Americans Originalists? Using History to Establish Authority in American Constitutional Law”
4:45 – 6:00 pm
Sally McConnell Ginet, “Semantic Authority: Learning from Humpty Dumpty”

Saturday, April 21
Room 208, 2nd floor

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast - Room 108
9:00 – 10:15 am
Eric Swanson, “Implicature, Authority, and the Social”
10:30 – 11:45 am
Ishani Maitra, “Authoritative Speech versus Authoritative Speakers”
Lunch - Room 108 (1st floor)
12:45 – 2:00 pm KEYNOTE: Rae Langton, “Blocking as Counter-Speech”
2:00 – 3:15 pm
Mary Kate McGowan, “On the Role of Authority and its Recognition”
Break
3:30 – 4:45 pm
Luvell Anderson, “Racial Realities”

Sunday, April 22
Room 208, 2nd floor

9:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast – Room 108
9:30 – 10:15 am
B. R. George, “Painfully Literal Dudes”
10:15 – 11:45 am
David Beaver, “Presupposing Practices”

Generous Support from Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, Information Society Project, and Whitney Humanities Center

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, Yale Philosophy Department