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First CFP: Conference on Quine, Rome

Posted by fervas su gennaio 3, 2010

We are pleased to announce the International Postgraduate Conference organised by the University
of Rome “La Sapienza” and the young researchers’ group APhEx (Analytical and Philosophical

“Word and Object”, 50 years later.
Colloquium in Celebration of  W.V.O. Quine
May 28-29, 2010

Department of Philosophical and Epistemological Studies
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Via Carlo Fea, 2 – Villa Mirafiori

First Call for Papers
In the fifty years of the publication of Word and Object, the conference aims to celebrate one of
America’s most famous and influential philosophers and mathematicians: W.V.O. Quine. The
purpose of the conference is to discuss and explore some of the major Quinean theses: his
objections to the analytic/synthetic distinction, meaning scepticism, inscrutability of reference,
indeterminacy of translation, his views on logic and philosophy of mathematics, his stance on
metaphysics and ontological commitment.

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Cesare Cozzo (University of Roma “La Sapienza”)
Prof. Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)
Prof. Stephen White (Tufts University)

Submission details
We invite all graduate and postgraduate students, who currently work in Quine’s philosophy, to
submit papers which should be preferentially in – but not limited to – one of those issues:

Epistemological and Linguistic Holism;
Naturalism and naturalization;
Ontological Relativity and Relativism;
Quine on logic and science.

Please submit abstracts, written in English and prepared for blind-review, of no more than 500
words. Submissions are made electronically by email attachment to Francesca Ervas at and Vera Tripodi at by 1 March 2010. You will be sent
a confirmation note after your submission has been received. The file formats .pdf, .rtf and .doc
are preferable. Please specify on a separate page name, affiliation, e-mail address, and section in
which the paper is to be presented. Successful applicants will be informed on April, 1st.

Key Dates
1 March 2010: Deadline for submission of abstracts
1 April 2010: Notification of acceptance
28 May 2010: Registration

10 euro: students
20 euro: non-students

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation. Further information regarding
university accommodation will be provided at the registration stage. Unfortunately we are unable
to offer travel grants.

Further Information
For further information and the programme of the conference (to be released in due time), please

Organising Committe
Marianna Antonutti (University of Bristol)
Roberto Ciuni (Delft University of Technology)
Francesca Ervas (Università Roma Tre)
Daniele Santoro (LUISS, Roma)
Vera Tripodi (University of Oslo)
Stefano Vaselli (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

We look forward to seeing you in May 2010!


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