Colloquium: November 6th

Title: Semantic Determinacy (or: How to Talk About Cats)

Speaker: Dr. Ori Simchen (UBC)

Friday, Nov 6th at 2:30pm in CLE A203


I discuss Quine’s incredible thesis that reference is radically indeterminate and outline several strategies for countering it, including the Lewisian doctrine of reference magnetism. I then develop a more satisfying response. This response builds on a commonly overlooked requirement that semantics places on the formal modeling of sentential truth.