The second edition of the CEU Philosophy Graduate Conference is now over. It was great fun, very good talks, nice discussions over lunch, dinner & late night drinks. I commented on a paper by Barbara Trybulec from Lublin (on naturalized epistemic norms) and attended the talks on Logic & Language and Phil Sci. Lee Walters (UCL) did an awesome job, both with his talk on „might” and „would” counterfactuals, and as the commentator on Dan Zeman‘s paper on knowledge-attributions. Dan’s paper and Marion Vorms‘ – on the cognitive aspects of scientific models – were also really good. From what Andrei and George told me, Steinvör Árnadóttir (UCL), Julien Dutant (Geneva), Monica Jitareanu (CEU), and Carl Baker (Leeds) gave nice talks as well. I met a bunch of cool people doing philosophy, and I hope they enjoyed the conference as much as we did.
All in all, it was a good thing, and definitely worth the effort. CEU students had the opportunity to meet other people and share ideas with them (and both our speakers, Dan & Monica, were very good); with two editions now behind us, we might have started a nice tradition here at CEU.
I want to thank Galen Strawson and all the speakers for the rewarding intellectual experience, and all the faculty and my colleagues at CEU that took part in the discussions. Special thanks to George and Andrei, who helped a lot with all the details that nobody notices until they’re missing (they also have some photos already). Most of all, I want to thank Kati Farkas. While I provided the persistence conditions for the project for the past 5 months, she contributed all the causal powers that explain the success of the whole event. Thank you all, and see you for the third PGC!