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DEBATE | Alex Kocurek (Cornell) vs. Max Deutsch (HKU)
DEBATE | Alex Kocurek (Cornell) vs. Max Deutsch (HKU)

Thu, 12 Oct


Online Debate

DEBATE | Alex Kocurek (Cornell) vs. Max Deutsch (HKU)

Max Deutsch is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. Alexander ("Arc") Kocurek is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.


12 Oct 2023, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Online Debate



"Whither metalinguistic negotiations?" A debate between Max Deutsch (HKU) and Alex Kocurek (Cornell)


In recent years, some philosophers have argued that there is a kind of dispute, a metalinguistic negotiation (MLN), in which the disputants appear to disagree about a non-linguistic fact, but are instead engaged in an implicit normative disagreement about how to use a key term that frames the dispute. How common are MLNs in philosophy and elsewhere? Is it true that many of our seemingly first-order disputes are in fact metalinguistic? What alternative interpretations of such disputes are on offer? Alex Kocurek argues that MLNs are widespread; Max Deutsch rejects this view. In this novel debate format, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the pros and cons of each view and to learn more about the arguments.

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