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    Introduction to Lila San Roque: specializing in language

    Language is one of our great social tools and cognitive accomplishments, as well as a vibrant expression of variety, adaptation, and specialisation. However, we base many of our scientific and philosophical endeavours on just a handful of linguistic systems. I work with researchers and language speakers to find out more about what else is out there. What meanings get put into words in languages around the world, and how do people use them? I’m especially interested in languages of New Guinea, one of the most linguistically diverse areas on the planet, and in the ways we use language to encode and express perceptual and cognitive experience. Within the Geography of…

  • Edouard Machery,  experimental philosophy,  Understanding

    Understanding: Open Questions

    UNDERSTANDING is the second of the three concepts under examination in the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP). The scholarship on the concept of understanding in linguistics, psychology, and experimental philosophy is limited (although growing). Daniel Wilkenfeld and Tania Lombrozo have however done some innovative empirical work on the lay concept of understanding in an American context, and some of our work will follow in their footsteps. (For recent philosophical work, see Wilkenfeld, Khalifa, Grimm). In this blog post, I review some of the past results and open questions we intend to examine in the coming months. “Understanding” and its translations To my knowledge, it is unknown whether “understanding” has natural…

  • experimental philosophy,  Knowledge

    Knowledge Ascription: Open Questions

    KNOWLEDGE is of the three concepts under examination in the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP). Experimental philosophers, psychologists, linguists, and anthropologists have collected a growing amount of data about knowledge ascription, but we still do not have a good cross-linguistic and cross-cultural understanding of how KNOWLEDGE is used and of why it is used this way. In this blog post, I review some of the past results and open questions we intend to examine in the coming months. “Knowledge” and its translations “Knowing that” appears to be found in many languages, and it is a common word in many of them, including English (Wierzbicka, 2018). Children appear to ascribe knowledge…

  • Edouard Machery,  University of Pittsburgh

    Introduction to PI Edouard Machery

    I am one of the three PIs of the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP). In this post, I introduce myself; my co-PIs and the team leaders and postdoctoral fellows will do the same in the coming weeks and months. I am a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (University of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Mellon University). I obtained my PhD from the Université de Paris Sorbonne in 2004, and I have been at Pitt since 2004. My research…

  • Edouard Machery,  John Templeton Foundation,  Knowledge,  Understanding,  Wisdom

    Welcome to the Go Philosophy, the Blog for the Geography of Philosophy Project

    In this first blog post, I’d like to describe the Geography of Philosophy Project (GPP). The Project is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The three lead investigators are myself (Edouard Machery, Pitt, History and Philosophy of Science), Steve Stich (Rutgers, UCLA), and Clark Barrett (UCLA, Anthropology). Currently, 8 teams are collaborating with us in the following country: Japan, Korea, India, Slovakia, Morocco, South Africa, Peru, and Ecuador. (We are in the process of adding a team in China.) You can learn about the team leaders for each of these teams on our website’s page. Postdoctoral fellows are also involved at each of these sites (learn more about them on…