III Blasco Diputatio: Singular Terms in Fiction (Valencia, October 19-20, 2017

Blasco Disputatio is a yearly workshop designed to promote the discussion on topics in epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. Each edition of this workshop focuses on a particular issue to be disputed by two invited speakers that will defend divergent, if not opposing, views. A call for papers will be made for contributions that will explore further aspects of the topic.

Views about the role of singular terms in fictional discourse have mostly focussed on prima facie empty terms, made up by authors of fiction, such as ‘Bezukhov’ in War and Peace. Singular terms in fictions that are already in use outside them, such as ‘Napoleon’ in the same work, have not received as much attention. An issue they raise is whether or not theorists –whether or not they are realists about fictional characters– should give them the same treatment that their made-up counterparts receive. In the 2017 Blasco Disputatio, Stacie Friend and Manuel García-Carpintero will argue for contrasting views on this matter. The workshop will also be open to discussing any related issues on the semantics of singular terms in fiction and on other aspects concerning fictional discourse. The invited papers, together with a selection of the submitted papers will appear on a special issue in the journal Disputatio.

Invited speakers: Stacie Friend (Birkbeck, University of London), Manuel García-Carpintero (University of Barcelona), Petr Kot’átko (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Call for papers: We invite submissions on any aspect of the debate on the semantics of singular terms in fiction and on other philosophical issues concerning fictional discourse. Authors should submit full papers (5000 words) or extended abstracts (2000 words) by May 19th, 2017. Submissions should be sent to blascodisputatio@gmail.com. Notification of acceptance should be expected by June 19th, 2017. Download in pdf.

Scientific Committee: Stacie Friend (Birkbeck), Manuel García-Carpintero (UB), Tobies Grimaltos (UV), Petr Kot’átko (AS CR), Teresa Marques (UPF), Pablo Rychter (UV), Jesús Vega (UAM).

Organizers: Jordi Valor (University of Valencia) and Josep E. Corbí (University of Valencia)

Sponsors: Spanish Research Council, via Network on Epistemology and Society (FFI2014-55256-REDT) and the research projects: “About Ourselves” (FFI2013-47948-P) and “Self-Knowledge, Moral Responsibility and Authenticity” (FI2016-75323-P); Internationalization and Cooperation University Office (UV), Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences (UV), Department of Philosophy (UV), and Philosophical Society in the Valencian Country.

Contact: blascodisputatio@gmail.com