If you’re around Zurich, please join the amazing workshop that Hans-Joachim Glock, Elia Haemmerli, and Kevin Reuter have put together. The topic is Conceptual Analysis, Conceptual Engineering and Experimental Philosophy and the line-up of speakers is fantastic (see the list of speakers and the schedule below).
In my talk I will be arguing that experimental can make a great contribution to classical debates in philosophy, and that some of them might be even pointless armchair speculations unless we provide empirical evidence. However, I do not believe that experimental philosophers have done a great job when investigating the folk’s intuitions on the compatibility of free will or moral responsibility and determinism. While there is significant methodological improvement and conceptual progress, experimental philosophers have failed to account for the distinction between derivative and non-derivative moral responsibility. This failure renders their experiments uninformative as to whether the folk are natural compatibilists. Three experiments will provide evidence that this worry is justified.
Thursday, November 14th: Pre-Workshop Event
Location: Zürichbergstrasse 43, ZUP-U-8
15:00 – 15:50 Matthew Lindauer (Brooklyn College, CUNY): Experimental Philosophy and the Fruitfulness of Normative Concepts
16:00 – 16:50 Mindaugas Gilaitis (Vilnius): Some Central Challenges for Conceptual Engineering
17:00 – 17:50 Ethan Landes (St. Andrews): What Jargon can Teach Us about Fixing Language
Friday, November 15th: Workshop on Conceptual Analysis, Conceptual Engineering, and Experimental Philosophy
Workshop Venue: Main Building, KO2-F-156, Karl-Schmid-Str. 3
09:30 – 10:45 Hans-Johann Glock (Zurich): Conceptual Analysis, Conceptual Engineering and Experimental Philosophy – some Conceptual Connections
11:00 – 12:15 Nicole Rathgeb (Zurich / Hertfordshire) & David Dolby (Hertfordshire): Tackling Strawson’s Challenge
13:30 – 14:45 Delia Belleri (Vienna): Downplaying the Topic-Change Objection to Conceptual Engineering
15:00 – 16:15 Georg Brun (Bern) & Kevin Reuter (Zurich): How to Re-Engineer Truth based on Empirical Data
16:45 – 18:00 Olav Gjelsvik (Oslo): Thoughts on Conceptual Engineering and its Limits
19:30 Workshop Dinner at Restaurant Rosengarten.
Saturday, November 16th: Workshop Conceptual Analysis, Conceptual Engineering, and Experimental Philosophy
09:30 – 10:45 Herman Cappelen (Oslo): Conceptual Engineering, Continuity of Inquiry, and Ordinary Language (also: a reply to Tim Sundell)
11:00 – 12:15 Pascale Willemsen (Zurich): Philosophical Intuitions about Frankfurt Cases. What XPhi Can or Cannot Contribute
13:30 – 14:45 Joachim Horvath (Bochum): Mischaracterization Reconsidered