Workshop on Response-Dependence

Turku, Finland, May 15-16, 2005

(The Call for Abstracts was issued in October 2004.)






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Get-together/dinner on Saturday evening: I have reserved tables at Restaurant Bossa (address Kauppiaskatu 12), from 7pm.

Sunday, May 15:

9:45 – 10:00 Opening

10:00 – 12:30 Conceptions of Response-Dependence

10:00 Eline Busck (University of St Andrews): 'Response-Dependence Distinctions Distinguished'

10:50 Rafael De Clercq (University of Leuven): 'In Defence of an Alternative Conception of Response-Dependence'

11:40 Dan López de Sa (University of St Andrews): 'Rigid vs. Flexible Response-Dependent Properties'

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 17:00 Response-Dependence, Realism, and Objectivity

14:30 Hagit Benbaji (Ben-Gurion University): 'The Content of Response-Dependent Concepts'

15:20 Antti Kauppinen (University of Helsinki): 'Response-Dependence, Realism, and Two-Dimensionalism'

16:10 Andrew Howat (University of Sheffield): 'Pragmatism, Truth and Response-Dependence'

19:30 – Dinner at floating restaurant Svarte Rudolf (located here).

Monday, May 16:

9:30 – 10:50 Invited speaker: Philip Pettit (Princeton University): 'Global Response-Dependence without Global Descriptivism'

10:50 – 11:20 Coffee

11:20 – 13:00 Applications of Response-Dependence

11:20 Elia Zardini (University of St Andrews): 'Response-Dependence and Vagueness'

12:10 Mikko Salmela (University of Helsinki): 'Emotional Properties, Response-Dependence, and Truth'

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:10 Rule-Following and Response-Dependence

14:30 Dan Watts (Trinity College Dublin): 'Responding to Rules: Exemplification and Spontaneity'

15:20 Antti Saaristo (London School of Economics): 'Rule-Following, Response-Dependence and Anti-Representational Realism'

16:10 – 16:40 Coffee

16:40 – 18:20 Response-Dependence, Value, and Social Reality

16:40 Teemu Toppinen (University of Helsinki): 'Ethical Response-Dependence: From Conativism to Cognitivism, and Back'

17:30 Frank Hindriks (Erasmus University Rotterdam): 'Acceptance-Dependence: A Social Kind of Response-Dependence'

20:00 – Dinner at Brewery-Restaurant Koulu (address Eerikinkatu 18.)


The workshop will take place at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turku.

The department is on the ground floor of the Publicum building (street address Assistentinkatu 7; building T50 on the campus map.)

The city of Turku provides a zoomable map of Turku and the surrounding area; on the map you can find Publicum here. (The street names on the map are both in Finnish and in Swedish, which can be a bit confusing. But the street signs are also in both languages.)


There will be no registration fee, and speakers do not need to register. People who are not presenting are welcome to attend, but please let me know by April the 15th if you plan to participate.


The tiny Turku airport has connections to Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen, all of which are easily reachable from just about anywhere. Flights to and from Helsinki are operated by Finnair, flights to and from Stockholm and Copenhagen by Blue1, a subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines. The airport is just 8 kilometres from the city centre; from the airport you can take a city bus which takes about 15 minutes to the centre, and costs 2 euros (3 euros late at night). The city buses take you to the Market Square. You can also take a taxi (15-20 euros) or an airport shuttle (fixed rate 10 euros per person) to your hotel.

Another option is to fly to Helsinki. There is a direct bus connection from Helsinki airport to Turku, leaving about once an hour; the bus takes 2.5 to 3 hours and costs about 24 euros. Or, you may want to see Helsinki and take a bus or a train from the Helsinki city centre. The buses (2.5 hours; 24 euros) arrive at the bus terminal, the trains (2 hours; 23-29 euros depending on the train) at the main railway station.


The following hotels are located at the city centre, within 15-20 minutes walking distance from the University.

Hotel Centro, address: Yliopistonkatu 12a.
Reduced rates: single rooms at 61 euros, doubles at 71. To get the reduced rate mention that you are attending an event at the University of Turku when you book your room.

Hotel Julia, address: Eerikinkatu 4.
Reduced rate: single rooms at 79 euros. To get the reduced rate mention that you are attending an event at the University of Turku when you book your room.

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Weather. Mid-May is a good time to visit Southern Finland: spring is well on its way and the days are already quite long (less than 7 hours from sunset to sunrise). Average temperatures for May would be around 15°C during the day and somewhat cooler overnight, but the weather is quite variable: it could be below 5°C or, at the other extreme, well over 25°C.

PowerPoint. A data projector and a laptop will be available if you want to use PowerPoint. If are not using your own laptop, please bring your presentation on a USB memory stick or a CD, or send it to me as an e-mail attachment before the workshop.

Workshop organised by Jussi Haukioja.

These pages last updated April 7, 2005.