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Northwestern University's Department of Philosophy presents Kate Ritchie

When: Friday, April 14, 2023
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: 555 Clark Street, B03, Evanston, IL 60208 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Emily Berry   (847) 491-3656

Group: Philosophy Colloquium Series

Category: Academic


One Recipe for Two Flavors of Generics: How Contextual Restriction and Stability Give Rise to Essentialist and Structural Generics"

(joint work with Ny Vasil)


In this talk, we will argue for a unified picture of essentialist and structural generics (e.g., 'Birds have wings', 'Women are emotional') by considering the role of implicit contextual
restriction and stability across background conditions. Along the way we consider ways generic thinking relates to causal cognition, the human goals of predicting, controlling, and
manipulating, and ways kind representations themselves mightaffect our acceptability judgments.

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