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The Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Lodz announces the Eighth International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. We would like PhiLang2023 to be devoted to concepts and conceptual engineering in philosophy of language. As in previous years, the principal aim of our Conference is to bring together philosophers, linguists, and logicians, as well as researchers interested in argumentation, philosophy of literature, and philosophy of mind.

The deadline for submission has now passed.

Important information

Presentations should last maximum 30 minutes (including discussion and questions). Please bring your presentations in PowerPoint or PDF format on a pen drive, ready to plug into the stationary computers in the rooms. We do not have equipment compatible with Mac computers and would rather avoid problems with adaptors and so on.

Also, the weekend of the conference coincides with the students' 'Juwenalia' festival. This should not affect the conference in any way, but there may be some noise from the concerts in the evening. 


You can now see the full programme for the event here. If there are any problems with the scheduling or we have made any mistakes, please let us know. This is a new updated version of the programme. Hopefully, this is the final version, but do check again for further updates.

The updated Book of Abstracts can be downloaded here.


The following scholars have accepted our invitation to address the conference as plenary speakers:

Delia Belleri, University of Uppsala - Can conceptual engineers be conservative towards concepts?

Herman Cappelen, University of Hong Kong - Conceptual Engineering and AI: What kind of agent is ChatGPT?

Tamara Dobler, Amsterdam University College  - Conceptual pluralism and gender terms

Fabrizio Macagno, Nova University, Lisbon - Presuppositions and their dialogical uses: Negotiating and manipulating the common ground

Mark Pinder, Open University  - The speaker-meaning picture of conceptual engineering


The fourth edition of PhilArg aims to continue the investigation of the philosophical foundations of argumentation theory, and, in particular, to examine further its links with linguistics and the philosophy of language. We are especially interested again this year in the evaluation of arguments, as well as in the role of rhetoric and the development of identity in argumentation. We remain open to submissions to present innovative research on all aspects of argumentation, broadly understood.

We intend to maintain our tradition of publishing selected papers from the workshop and we have arranged for a special issue of the journal Informal Logic.

We are delighted to announce that our plenary speaker will be Fabrizio Macagno, Nova University, Lisbon.

Topics are wide-ranging and may include:

* Argument Evaluation  * Language and Argument  * Rhetoric and Argument * Fallacy Theory  * Logic in Argumentation  * Argument-mining   * Argumentative Discourse  * Functions of Argument


Registration for the conference is now complete. If necessary, the form can still be found here. Please remember that every co-author who plans to attend should register individually. We also welcome attendees who are not presenting a paper. We remind you that there is one registration and payment process for both the main PhiLang conference and the PhilArg workshop, and all participants have full access to all sessions.

Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of payment of the conference fee. The fees are as follows:

Full fee: 150 Euros/600 PLN              Doctoral students: 100 Euros/400PLN

Any outstanding payments should be paid to the University of Lodz to the following account immediately:

IBAN: PL 81 1240 6292 1111 0011 2227 1293


If you require an invoice, please fill in the relevant details in the registration form. Please remember that invoices can only be issued in the name of the payee: an invoice for an institution cannot be issued if the money has been transferred from a private account. It is therefore advisable to make payments from the bank account of your institution.

Please remember to include your name, institution and the name of the conference in the title of the payment, e.g. ‘John Smith University of Lodz PhiLang 2023’.

The fee includes 2 lunches and a conference dinner, as well as refreshments and conference materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.



Lodz airport (LCJ) currently has connections to London (STN), London (LTN), Dublin, Alicante, Brussels, and Milan.

Lodz is also easily accessible by train from Warsaw airport (WAW) which has a wide range of international and domestic flights.

Attendees arriving by train should check which of the main stations is closest to their hotel. The faculty building is situated between the intercity hubs Lodz Widzew and Lodz Fabryczna, and is walking distance from the local station Lodz Niciarniana. The intercity train timetable is here.

The faculty can be reached by tram no. 17, stop: Lumumby. Many trams, and bus no. 86, also call at the nearby stop: Pomorska-Konstytucyjna. You may also alight at the stop Narutowicza-Radiostacja and approach the building from the rear. More details on public transport are available here.


There are a large number of accommodation options in the centre of Lodz.

Close to the faculty building, a budget option is BB Consul, a little further away Villa Masoneria.


The conference is organised by the Department of English and General Linguistics, in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Lodz.

Organising committee:

Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Martin Hinton, Wiktor Pskit, Aleksandra Majdzińska, Przemysław Ostalski


The conference will be held at the Faculty of Philology, Pomorska 171/173, Lodz.


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