The Philosophy of Language and Sciences Colloquium: 'Presupposition Triggering and Expressing Information'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Engleman Hall - Room D227

The Philosophy of Language and Sciences Colloquium Series:

"Presupposition Triggering and Expressing Information"

Dr. Adam Sennet, University of California, Davis

Two well supported orthodoxies in the philosophy of language, one regarding presupposition triggering and one regarding incomplete expressions of information cannot both be true. The first demands that cases such as 'It's raining' express propositions about locations without the location enjoying representation in the sentence. The second demands that presuppositions, such as the factive presupposition associated with knowledge claims, are triggered by the presence of particular words that serve as triggers, rather than pragmatically inferred. They conflict in cases where incomplete expression of information leads to triggering presupposition. We will then explore how to proceed and which thesis to give up.

A light lunch will be served.


Engleman Hall - Room D227
501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515


Sarah Roe

Phone: (203) 392-6767