Oslo Mind Group Seminar: Mirela Fus, Evolutionary Debunking of Genericity

We will be discussing a draft of ‘Evolutionary Debunking of Genericity’ by Mirela Fus.

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In her paper called ‘A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value’, Sharon Street (2006) argues against realist theories of value. In this paper, I consider the prospects of applying an analogous Darwinian dilemma for realist theories of genericity by offering a debunking argument against genericity drawing on a direct analogy with Street’s (2006) paper. In particular, I focus on generic statements such as “A tiger is striped” or “Muslims are terrorists” and look at the relation between generic judgments and independent generic truths expressed by generic statements posited by the realist about genericity. This paper makes a broader methodological point about the connection between realist theories about genericity and speakers’ judgments about generic propositions, based on the assumption that generic judgments have been indirectly yet significantly influenced by evolutionary forces.

How to attend

This is a read-ahead seminar and will take place via Zoom. All are welcome to attend (Zoom login required).

The meeting link, along with a copy of the paper to be discussed, will be made available in advance via the Oslo Mind Group Team, which is open to all University of Oslo members, or upon request from the organizer for non-UiO users (see below).


Keith Wilson
Published May 3, 2021 3:09 PM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2022 9:44 AM