We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Richard Moran (Harvard).
'Speech, Testimony, and the Idea of Being One’s Own Interlocutor'
Throughout the history of philosophy, relations to oneself have been modeled on intersubjective relations, as the ‘internalization’ of possible relations with others. Plato describes thought itself as a kind of internal dialogue, and Kant grounds normativity on ‘self-legislation’ and the possibility of obligations to oneself. The conscience is pictured as an ‘internalized other’. This chapter argues for ‘self-other asymmetries’ governing speech and interlocution which limit the sense in which a person can be her own interlocutor, or treat either a part of herself or a temporal stage of herself as such a conversational partner (Korsgaard, Dummett). The chapter revisits the related claims of Anscombe and Cavell that ‘believing someone’ does not have a first-person reflexive form, and develops the idea of the two forms of agency expressed in speech.
The talk will be based on the final chapter of Prof. Moran's forthcoming book, The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity (OUP, 2018).
Graduate Student Presentations:
-- Carolina Flores, Rutgers: "Lies and Narcissistic Assertions" (9:30am)
-- Michael Barnes, Georgetown: "The Pragmatics of Protest and Positive Propaganda" (11:00am)
-- Rebecca Rothfeld, Harvard: "The Schiller Inside Me: Notes towards Aesthetic Constitutivism" (1:30pm)
-- Andreas De Jong, Manchester University: "Negative Existentials and the Revisionism of Fictional Realism" (3:00pm)
9:00am —6:00pm 310 Fayerweather (Columbia University)
Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided
Please email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to the Columbia and NYU Philosophy Departments, Columbia GSAC, and the New York Institute of Philosophy