The 2008 "Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy" will be
delivered by Prof. Paul Boghossian from New York University. Professor
Boghossian is an internationally renowned philosopher who is well known for
his research in philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language and
epistemology. His recent book "Fear of Knowledge" (OUP 2006) has received
wide recognition and was named "Choice Outstanding Academic Book 2006."  We are happy to have him in Tartu for a four day workshop at the beginning of
June, 10.-13. 06. 2008. Everyone interested is invited to participate. To
plan the event, however, we need your registration no later than May 21.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation
arrangements. However, we have reserved some places in a nearby student
dormitory. Please indicate in your registration if you are interested in
staying at the student dormitory. For registration and further information
please email: cohnitz (at)


The Lecturer

Paul Boghossian is Silver Professor of Philosophy at the Department of
Philosophy, New York University. He is the author of numerous works on a
variety of topics, including rule-following, eliminativism, naturalism,
self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the
aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide. He has held research
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College(Oxford), the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and from the Australian National University (Canberra). He has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He has also taught
at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Princeton.


The Topic

Recent philosophy has seen a huge amount of interest in relativism,
understood as a semantical thesis. Professor Boghossian will examine the
ways in which traditional relativism differs from this “new age” relativism
and will look at the problems that each faces.  After that he will examine
issues that arise in defending the thesis that there can be objective facts
about epistemic justification and take a closer look at the question of
whether we could be said to have epistemic systems that guide our belief


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The event is organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu,
and the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu and sponsored by the Estonian
Science Foundation and the Embassy of the United States, Tallinn.


The Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy are named in honour of
the German mathematician and philosopher Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege. We have chosen Frege as the patron for our lecture series as he is widely
recognised for his clarity and unpretentious, no-nonsense style of dealing
with philosophical problems. So are the lecturers we are honoured to host in