Afternoon Workshop on Analyticity and Easy Being

Anyone interested is invited to participate in an afternoon workshop at the University of Oslo which explores the natures of, and possible connections between conceptual truths and ontology.

  • Date: 6th of June.
  • Time: 12.00 – 15.30
  • Place: University of Oslo, Philosophy Department
  • Format: 40min presentation, 35min discussion.



12.15-12.30: Introductory remarks by Øystein Linnebo, University of Oslo


            12.30-13.45: Tobias Alexius, Uppsala University, ‘Formal Analyticity and Easy ontology’

Abstract: Amie Thomasson has argued that we can settle ontological disputes with the help of easy arguments that involve conceptual truths (Thomasson 2015). This forces her to mount a defense of the notion of conceptual truth. In this talk I argue that whilst Thomasson fails to defend a general notion of analyticity from the attacks mounted by Timothy Williamson (2007), Zeynep Soysal’s (2017) defense of formal analyticity is successful. Furthermore, Soysal’s defense of analyticity gives us resources to build and defend, within a Thomasson-esque framework, a liberal ontology, but it fails ground a defense of traditionally contentious entities like tables, cars, numbers and propositions.

            13.45-14.15: Pause (Coffee)

14.15-15.30: Robert Schwartzkopff, University of Hamburg, "Easy Arguments, Nominalizations, and Higher-Orderism"


See you there!



Soysal, Z., (2017) ‘Formal Analyticity’, Philosophical Studies, DOI 10.1007/s11098-017-0982-6

Thomasson, A., (2015) Ontology Made Easy, Oxford university Press.

Williamson, T., The philosophy of philosophy, Blackwell Publishing.


Published Apr. 30, 2018 10:22 AM - Last modified June 6, 2018 11:11 AM