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Words are the Focus of Philosophy Conference

Philosophy Conference on Language at UC Riverside Wednesday, Dec. 1

Topic Honors Professor Howard Wettstein and the Importance of Language

(November 24, 2004)

Howard Wettstein

Howard Wettstein

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- "The Lens of Language,” a conference in honor of the publication of Howard Wettstein's The Magic Prism, will be held at UC Riverside, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2004.

The conference is sponsored by the UC Riverside Philosophy Department and the Center for Ideas and Society. It will be held in HMNSS 1500, beginning at noon and with a closing reception at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Magic Prism, An Essay in the Philosophy of Language, was published in April by Oxford University Press. It represents the culmination of decades of thought about the most fundamental issues in philosophy of language, including how our language maps onto the external world, and how language relates to thought. In his book Wettstein discusses the foundation for much of what new in the field.

Keynote speakers are John Perry, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University, and Barry Stroud, Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley. Other participants include: Harry Frankfurt (Princeton), Ken Taylor (Stanford), David Kaplan (UCLA), Joseph Almog (UCLA), Brian Weatherson (Cornell), Peter Graham (UC Riverside), Genoveva Marti, ICREA (Barcelona)and Robin Jeshion (UC Riverside).

This is the first of two conferences the department will be hosting this year. The second one will take place in February and will be in honor of the publication of Gary Watson’s book Agency and Answerability. This is the 15th year that the Department of Philosophy has held such a conference.

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