Philosophy of truth has grown in a variety of directions in recent decades, so much that it has now become difficult to embrace the whole field and its unity. The notion of truth is now a subject of its own in specialized subfields, from formal philosophical logic to epistemology and the philosophy of norms ; it has been scrutinized as a tool for semantics and put under semantical analysis itself ; philosophical inquiry into the notion of truth has been thought of as aiming at purely concetpual analysis or regimented as part of larger philosophical discussions and programs (such as the realist-antirealist debate in metaphysics, or programs of naturalization) ; it has been discussed from theoretical as well as historical and interpretive perspectives ; and there has been much discussion and disagreement on the significance of partial results in the subfields for our understanding of the overall role of the notion of truth in our conceptual scheme. The motivation for this conference is to provide insights both in the various aspects of recent developments on the notion of truth, and in general and methodological questions raised by the variety of the current philosophical discussions in the field.
We invite submissions on all topics relevant to the theme of the conference (see the conference description above), incuding : - contributions to current special topics in the philosophy of truth. - contribution to our understanding of the use of the notion of truth: what do we need the notion of truth for ? What theoretical or practical work is achieved by its use ? What are its scientific, philosophical, pragmatic, descriptive or normative fonctions ? - contribution to methodological questions in philosophy of truth: What is to be expected from a philosophical analysis of the notion of truth ? What are the more pressing philosophical problems regarding the notion of truth in the contemporary debate ? How do current debates on truth relate to what had traditionaly been thought as the philosophical problems of truth in the ancient, modern and more recent periods ? How do the various directions, topics and methodologies taken by philosophers studiying the notion of truth connect to each other ? - contribution to the study of established conceptions of truth: historical and theoretical discussion of various theories of truth to date (deflationnism, correspondance, coherence, epistemic etc. ) Submit a detailed abstract of no more than 2000 words before 15 th of March to: henri.galinon at ens.fr . Authors should include their name, the title of the paper, and contact information in the body of the email. The time slot will be 50 min per speaker (discussion included). Decisions of acceptance will be made by the end of April 2011.