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Ethics and Language: On Language and Concepts/Seminar Ruth Garret Millikan, Moderation: Dr. Hajo Greif 6.11.2009 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr Seminar A theory of empirical concepts implying that all higher animals must have them A univocal theory of empirical concepts covers concepts of individuals, properties, kinds, stuffs and so on, all in the same way. It implies that not only humans but all higher animals must have concepts. Humans, however, given language, and the subject-predicate-negation structure that goes with it, are capable of developing concepts that are not directly required for practical purposes.

Biographical Note Dr. Millikan is one of the most distinguished and innovative contemporary American philosophers. Professor emerita at the University of Connecticut, she has made important contributions philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and ontology. She is the author of Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories (1984), White Queen Psychology and Other Essays for Alice (1993), On Clear and Confused Ideas (2000), The Varieties of Meaning: The 2002 Jean Nicod Lectures (2004) and Language: A Biological Model (2005) as well as numerous papers. Dr. Millikan is the recipient of many honors, including the Jean Nicod Prize, the Distinguished Women in Philosophy award, and the first annual AAUP award for excellence in research.

Ethics, Language and Concepts On Language and Concepts/Talk Ruth Garret Millikan, Moderation: Dr. Hajo Greif 5.11.2009 19:30 - 20:30 Uhr Vortrag Understanding language as direct perception, or how children learn language without having a theory of mind If we adopt a certain view of language understanding, and have a flexible enough view of the different ways in which one mind can take account of another, it becomes clear that a child can get exceedingly far in learning language without having any theories or thoughts about other people's minds. The radical part here is the proposed view of language understanding. Interpreting what you hear through the medium of speech sounds is in relevant ways just like interpreting what you see through the medium of the structured light that strikes your eyes. Understanding speech is a form of perception of the world, as direct as seeing. Veranstalter Dept.f.Neurobiologie und Kognitionsforschung/Forschungsstelle für Ethik und Wissenschaft Veranstaltungsort NIG HS 2 Universitätsstraße 7 1010 Wien Kontakt Prof. Ludwig Huber/Mag. Erwin Lengauer Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften/Fakultät für Philosophie und Bildungswissenschaft +43-1-4277-544 80 ludwig.huber@univie.ac.at, erwin.lengauer@univie.ac.at

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