CfP Workshop “Empirical Methods of Linguistics in Philosophy”, =?windows-1252?Q?_?=Dortmund, 13-14 March 2014

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CfP Workshop “Empirical Methods of Linguistics in Philosophy”

International Workshop on Empirical Methods of Linguistics in Philosophy
13-14 March 2014, TU Dortmund University (Germany)

The “experimental philosophy” movement has recently gained some
momentum in the philosophical community. The movement’s basic idea is
to introduce experimental methods (other than thought experiments) or,
more broadly conceived, empirical methods to philosophy. Appropriated
from the experimental paradigm in psychology, the method most often
employed in experimental philosophy arguably is the use of
questionnaires. Using experimental studies of this kind in philosophy
may serve a number of purposes. A prominent one is to supplement the
more traditional tools of analytic philosophy which are used in
conceptual analyses of philosophically interesting terms. However,
there is also a variety of other (at least partially) empirical
methods in linguistics, e.g. corpus analysis, etymology, discourse
analysis or field studies, which could also be used for a variety of
similar purposes.  The guiding questions of the workshop are: Which
empirical methods from linguistics have been applied in philosophy
already? To which end? Where and how could such methods be applied?
What are the potential benefits, what are the limits of their

The workshop brings together researchers who implement empirical
methods from linguistics in philosophical research. Although the focus
of the workshop is on the use of such methods in philosophy, both
philosophers and linguists will be involved. Each of the workshop
sessions will open with a paper demonstrating the application of a
specific linguistic method in philosophy. This paper will be followed
by two peer commentaries, one by a linguist, the other by a

The primary purpose of the workshop is exploratory: The potential
applications, the benefits and the limits of linguistic methods in
philosophy stand in need of clarification. The secondary purpose is to
create a networking opportunity for researchers who employ (and those
who intend to employ) empirical methods from linguistics in

– Call for Papers –

At this stage, we are looking for philosophers or linguists interested
in contributing papers to open the workshop sessions (peer reviews
will be solicited at a later stage).

We invite contributions from philosophers or linguists in all stages
of their career. Please send us an abstract of a paper suitable for a
presentation of 30 to 40 minutes. Abstracts should not exceed 500
words and should be submitted in .pdf,.doc or .rtf format. In order to
facilitate blind reviewing, the abstract should be anonymous. But
please let us have your name, affiliation and contact details in the
cover email. Abstracts should be e-mailed to Roland.Bluhm [at] Receipt of submission will be confirmed by e-mail.

The extended deadline for receipt of submissions is 1st December 2013.
We will notify authors of the decision regarding their papers by the
15th of December.

– Organiser –

For any further questions, please contact the workshop organiser,
Roland Bluhm, via Roland.Bluhm [at]

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