Workshop: Pragmatism, Representationalism & Metaphysics

Organiser and Venue

The workshop is organized by the research project Representationalism or Anti-representationalism? Perspectives on Intentionality from Philosophy and Cognitive Science, led by Jonathan Knowles (Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU), the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence, Reasons and Religious Recognition (University of Helsinki) and the Nordic Pragmatism Network, coordinated by Henrik Rydenfelt.

The workshop takes place at the Faculty room (tiedekuntasali) of the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, address Vuorikatu 3 (courtyard), floor 5B.

The workshop is open for all, but the organizers kindly ask for a registration by email in advance (info(at)


Wednesday, 4 January

12.30-13.20 Lunch
13.20-13.30 Opening words
13.30-15.00 Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
Pragmatism and the common pursuit
15.15-16.15 Henrik Rydenfelt (UEF)
Anti-representationalist (moral) realism
16.30-18.00 Robert Kraut (Ohio State University)
Representation without taxation
20.00 Dinner

Thursday, 5 January

10.00-11:30 Steven Levine (UMass Boston)
Representation and objectivity
11.45-12.45 Sami Pihlström (Helsinki)
Pragmatic realism, recognition, and the possibility of religious metaphysics
12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Cheryl Misak (Toronto)
Walk the line: the pragmatism and minimal metaphysics of Peirce and Ramsey
15.15-16.15 Jonathan Knowles (NTNU)
Thomasson’s pragmatist consolation to metaphysics: a critique and an alternative
16.30-18.00 Chiara Ambrosio (UCL)
What do we need metaphysics for – Peirce’s first rule of reason
20.00 Dinner