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Published: 03 Sep, 2010

The Burman Lectures in Philosophy 27-29 September

NEWS "Problems of Being and Existence" – Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge.

Lecture 1
Existence, Being and Being-So
September 27, 15.15-17, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

Lecture 2
Existence and Quantification Reconsidered

September 28, 13.15-15, Hörsal F, Humanities Building

Lecture 3
The Singularity of Singular Thought
September 29, 12.15-14, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

The Philosophical Society
Discussion with Tim CraneSeptember 28, 19.15-, Room C 204, Humanities BuildingAll interested are invited to participate in this discussion, where one can raise
issues that concerns the Burman Lectures, and/or aspects of Prof. Crane's work.

What is it for something to exist, or have being? Contemporary analytic philosophyhas not had much to say about this question, on the basis either that 'exists' has astraightforward logical analysis, or that it is too simple or fundamental to be furtherexplained or analysed. These lectures will argue that consideration of the
representation of the non-existent shows that more needs to be said about existence itself. The lectures will discuss the following questions: what is the relationship between existence and having properties ('being-so')? What is the relationship between our talk about existence and our talk about quantity (quantification)? What is it for a thought to be 'singular' and can there be singular thoughts about things that do not exist? It will be argued that some things do not exist, but these things do not have a nature, and that it is possible to have singular thoughts about things that do not exist.

Arranged by
The Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Umeå University

The Burman Lectures started in 1996, on the initiative of Prof. Inge-Bert Täljedal,then Mayor of Umeå and later Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University. The lectures
commemorate Eric Olof Burman (1845-1929), who was born and raised in Umeå and later became professor of practical philosophy in Uppsala 1896-1919. Burman is nowadays mostly remembered as the teacher of Axel Hägerström.

Previous Burman Lectures

Prof. Jerry Fodor, Rutgers, What Darwin Got WrongLecture 1: What kind of theory is the Theory of Natural Selection?
Lecture 2: The problem about ‘selection-for’

Prof. Susanna Siegel, Harvard, The Nature of Visual ExperienceLecture 1: The varieties of perceptual intentionality
Lecture 2: The contents of visual experience

Prof. Alex Byrne, MIT, How do we know our own minds?Lecture 1: Transparency and Self-Knowledge
Lecture 2: Knowing that I am thinking

Prof. Jonathan Dancy, University of Reading and University of Texas, AustinLecture 1. Reasons and Rationality
Lecture 2. Practical Reasoning and Inference

Prof. Ned Block, New York University, Consciousness and NeuroscienceLecture 1. The Epistemological Problem of the Neuroscience of Consciousness
Lecture 2. How Empirical Evidence can be Relevant to the Mind-Body Problem

Prof. John Broome, Oxford, Reasoning

Prof. Wlodek Rabinowicz, Lund, Värde och passande attityder

Prof. Kevin Mulligan, GenèveLecture 1. Essence, Logic and Ontology
Lecture 2. Foolishness and Cognitive Values

Prof. Hubert Dreyfus, BerkeleyLecture 1: What is moral maturity? A Phenomenological Account Of The Development Of Ethical Expertise
Lecture 2: The primacy of the phenomenological over logical analysis: A Merleau-Pontian Critique of Searle's Account of Action and Social Reality

Prof. Herbert Hochberg, University of Texas, AustinLecture 1. A Simple Refutation of Mindless Materialism
Lecture 2. Universals, Particulars and the Logic of Predication

Prof. Susan Haack, University of Miami, The Science of Sociology and the Sociology of Science.Lecture 1. Social Science as Semiotic.
Lecture 2. Sociology of Science: The Sensible Program.

Prof. Howard Sobel, University of TorontoLecture 1: First causes: St. Thomas Aquinas's 'Second way'.
Lecture 2: Ultimate reasons if not first causes: Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz on 'the Ultimate Origination of Things'.

Prof. Ian Jarvie, York University, Science and the Open Society

Prof. David Kaplan, UCLA What is Meaning: Notes toward a theory of Meaning as Use