Modalities, conditionals, and values:
A symposium on philosophical logic in celebration of the centenary of
Georg Henrik von Wright.
The meeting will be held in Helsinki on May 23-25, 2016.
Confirmed international participants include
Extended abstracts (2-3 pages) of contributed papers should be
submitted through EasyChair:
Contributed papers will be selected through a peer review process on
the basis of scientific quality as well as of thematic relevance for
the symposium (see a detailed thematic description below).
February 7, 2016: Deadline of submission
March 1, 2016: Notification
Georg Henrik von Wright was one of the early pioneers of philosophical
logic, with his monograph ``An Essay in Modal Logic'' of 1951, and his
invention of a whole new field, namely deontic logic.
Recent developments in the study of modal logic and related
philosophical logics in Helsinki go hand-in-hand with a revival of
philosophical logic at the international level, with new ideas,
methods and fields of application stemming from the pioneering work
that started in the 1950s with the modern development in the
philosophical investigation of modalities.
In modal logic, syntactic and semantic methods obtain a fruitful blend
through correspondence theory and their blend has in recent years
created a new momentum in the development of uniform and comprehensive
inferential systems, something which was considered an impossibility
until recently. In the theory of conditionals, the logical concept of
implication or consequence is set in a much broader light. Unlike
material implication, conditionals are not truth functionals. They
also escape an interpretation in terms of alethic modality, thus
creating a challenge to logicians. A number of scholars have faced the
problem of interpreting conditionals and creating good inferential
systems for them.
In addition to modal, deontic, conditional, and tense logic, the
symposium will focus on the far-reaching developments of other of von
Wright's seminal contributions, such as the logic of preference, with
implications in areas such as economics, game theory, social choice
theory, and artificial intelligence, as well as pervasive themes of
von Wright's production, such as reflection on the role of logic in
The workshop will bring together some established experts in the field
as well as some younger scholars. Contributed papers are welcome in
the research area in logic stemming from von Wright's investigations,
including the following:
- modal logic
- tense logic
- conditional logic
- deontic logic
- logic of preference
- logic of action
- generalized semantics (neighbourhood semantics, game semantics)