We investigate self-ascriptions of psychological states, such as “I wish that the sun were shining,” “I believe that it is raining,” and “I am in pain,” and claim that they are expressions, rather than descriptions, of our own mental states. Our main aim is to develop a systematic theory of psychological expressivism. Yet psychological expressivism is also of great significance beyond the confines of the philosophy of language. We explore consequences for epistemology (transparency of belief, self-knowledge), for the philosophy of mind and self (dualism, two uses of “I”), and for the history of philosophy (Descartes’ Cogito and Kant’s “I think”).
May 14-16, 2020 University of Mannheim
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September 30 – October 01, 2019
University of Mannheim
On October 01 Dorit Bar-On will also give a public talk entitled “Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning: A Philosophical Perspective”.
Workshop: Perspectives on First-Person Thought
May 16-18, 2019 at the University of Mannheim