Luca Incurvati: "Imperative and Deontic Modality"

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1022
  • Organiser: Department of Philosophy
  • Contact person: Matti Eklund
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy

Luca Incurvati, University of Amsterdam: "Imperative and Deontic Modality"

In the first part of the talk, I defend a non-cognitivist account of imperatives, based on Paul Portner's idea that imperatives serve to manage speakers' to-do lists. I show that, once we recognize the multiplicity of operations that can be performed on a to-do list, the account has the resources to deal with weak uses of imperatives without postulating an additional list alongside it. In the second part of the talk, I present a logical framework which integrates weak and strong forms of assertion, rejection and imperatives. I use this framework to inferentially explain the meaning of deontic modals such as *must* in terms of imperatives. The resulting inferential expressivist account has the resources to explain performative uses of *must* and hitherto unaccounted for data about their occurrence pattern.