Dans le cadre du projet de recherche (ANR) "Metaphysique des Sciences", nous recevrons jeudi 14 février 2013, de 16h à 18h, le professeur Huw Price (Université de Cambridge) pour une conférence intitulée : "Representationalism - From Nihilism to Dualism"
Pragmatists such as Dewey, Wittgenstein and Rorty are often anti-representationalists. (Dewey was already predicting in 1905 that pragmatism would 'give the coup de grace to representationalism'.) I am sympathetic to that tradition, but I think that to develop it in its best form, there is a sense in which we need move in the opposite direction. Rather than abandoning the notion of representation, we need to divide it in two: hence dualism, not nihilism. In this talk I describe the motivation for this idea, and its origins in the project of combining the best elements of the different expressivist programs of Brandom on the one side, and writers such as Blackburn and Gibbard, on the other.