27.09.2010 - 29.09.2010

The Burman Lectures started in 1996, on the initiative of Prof. Inge-Bert Täljedal, the Mayor of Umeå and later Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.  The lectures commemorate Eric Olof Burman (1845-1929), who was born and raised in Umeå and later became professor of practical philosophy in Uppsala 1896-1919.  Burman is nowadays mostly remembered as the teacher of Axel Hägerström.  A presentation of Erik Olof Burman (in Swedish), written by Inge-Bert Täljedal, is available online at


September 27-29


Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge

Lecture 1: Existence, Being and Being-So
September 27, 15.15-17, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

Lecture 2: Existence and Quantification Reconsidered
September 28, 13.15-15, Hörsal F, Humanities Building

Lecture 3: The Singularity of Singular Thought
September 29, 12.15-14, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

The Philosophical Society: Discussion with Tim Crane
September 28, 19.15-, Room C 204, Humanities Building

All interested are invited to participate in this discussion, where one can raise
issues that concerns the Burman Lectures, and/or aspects of Prof. Crane's work.

What is it for something to exist, or have being? Contemporary analytic philosophy has not had much to say about this question, on the basis either that 'exists' has a straightforward logical analysis, or that it is too simple or fundamental to be further explained or analysed. These lectures will argue that consideration of the representation of the non-existent shows that more needs to be said about existence itself. The lectures will discuss the following questions: what is the relationship between existence and having properties ('being-so')? What is the relationship between our talk about existence and our talk about quantity (quantification)? What is it for a thought to be 'singular' and can there be singular thoughts about things that do not exist? It will be argued that some things do not exist, but these things do not have a nature, and that it is possible to have singular thoughts about things that do not exist.

Arranged by:
The Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Umeå University

Umeå University
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
A midsummer night's workshop on consciousness, perception, and thought
plus a lecture in the Philosophical Society


June 24-25, 2008


Tuesday June 24 (room D108, Humanities Building)

9.30-11 An argument for the intentional view of visual experience
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
11.15-12.45 TBA
Johan Eriksson (Physiologi, Umeå)
14.00-15.30 The hard problem of hallucination
Jesper Östman (Philosophy, Umeå)
15.45-17.15 TBA
Mats Wahlberg (Religion, Umeå)
19.30-21 Lecture in the Philosophical Society: What are colors?
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
Room: Hörsal C, Social Science Building

Wednesday June 25 (room C104, Humanities Building)

10.00-11.30 De re thoughts about non-existent individuals
Anna Bjurman-Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)
11.45-13.15 A somewhat eliminativist proposal about phenomenal consciousness
Pär Sundström (Philosophy, Umeå)
14.30-16.00 Is the external world colored?
Adam Pautz (Philosophy, Austin, Texas)


All interested are welcome!

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