Upcoming Events-Department of Philosophy - Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Events


Attitudes and Questions Workshop

June 10 and 11, 2016 - Center for Formal Epistemology

Question embedding in natural language allows a subject to be related to a question by either a (traditionally) propositional attitude like knowledge and forgetting, or an (apparently) inherently question-oriented predicate like asking or wondering. Attitudes held of questions are an important locus of research into the semantics of both interrogative clauses and clause-embedding verbs, closely connected with the notion of the answerhood conditions of a question, and with the operations of composition involved in combining these types of predicates with semantically heterogeneous arguments. The attitudes that relate us to questions are also of considerable epistemic interest, touching on the nature of the knowledge relation and on the way that questions structure our inquiries. This workshop aims to bring together a diverse group of experts on the semantics and epistemic issues raised by these phenomena, to promote exchange of theoretical perspectives and approaches, and to help to move forward current work on questions and attitudes.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Speakers:

Jane Friedman

New York University

Yimei Xiang 

Harvard University 

Carlotta Pavese 

Duke University 

Danny Fox 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alexandre Cremers 

École Normale Supérieure,
Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP)

Benjamin Spector

Institut Jean Nicod & Ecole Normale Supérieure

Konstantin Genin

Carnegie Mellon University 

B. R. George

Carnegie Mellon University