Social Ontology and Philosophy of Social Sciences

Research Group at the Department of Philosophy

The Social Institution of Norms: a workshop with Robert Brandom

8 - 10 April 2019

Robert Brandom has championed the idea that genuine norms are profoundly social: not only do they govern and guide our discursive practices, they are also instituted by way of the recognitive attitudes people take up towards one another. On the occasion of Brandom's 2019 Brentano lectures (8-9 April, University of Vienna), we are hosting a workshop on the social dimensions of discursive norms. Particular foci include (but are not limited to):

  • reciprocal recognition, deontic score-keeping and normativity
  • social approaches to intentionality
  • the relations between 'I-thou' and 'I-we' forms of sociality
  • historicism and intersubjectivity

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Robert Brandom (Pittsburgh)
  • Anandi Hattiangadi (Stockholm)
  • Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown)
  • Robert Loeffler (Grand Valley State)
  • Jaroslav Peregrin (Prague)
  • Jeremy Wanderer (UMB)

Guest speakers:

  • Kevin Craven (Michigan)
  • Matej Drobňák (Hradec Králové)
  • Maryam Ebrahimi Dinani (Jean Nicod)
  • Jordi Fairhurst (Balearic Islands)
  • Yael Gazit (Tel Aviv)
  • Rebecca Harrison (Michigan)
  • Wolfgang Huemer (Parma)
  • Vitaly Kiryushchenko (York)
  • Jeremy Koons (Georgetown, Quatar)
  • Neri Marsili (Barcelona)
  • Takaaki Matsui (Tokyo/Dartmouth)
  • Lucy McDonald (Cambridge)
  • Taiju Okochi (Hitotsubashi/Sheffield)
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (Birmingham)
  • Kai Tanter (Monash)



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