LACSI Conference on Grounding and Its Applications, September 27-28, 2019

The Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative (LACSI) Conference on Grounding and Its Applications will take place on NC State University’s North Campus, which adjoins Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC. The conference will be held in Withers Hall, Room 140. The closest external door is on the north side of the building (i.e., the side closest to Hillsborough Street). See campus map showing location of Withers Hall and conference map showing hotels, restaurants and conference venue.


The following program is subject to revision.

Friday, September 27

Collection of folders and name-tags: Lobby outside Withers Hall, Room 140
Please wear name-tags at all sessions.

Grounding and Truth-Makers, Kit Fine, New York University
Moderator: Kelly Trogdon, Virginia Tech

Grounding Overdetermination, Ricki Bliss, Lehigh University
Moderator: Jon Litland, University of Texas at Austin

Reception: Withers Hall, Second Floor Lobby
(Dinner on your own)

Saturday, September 28

Collection of folders and nametags; coffee, tea and light refreshments: Lobby outside Withers Hall, Room 140

The Varieties of Relevance, Bradford Skow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator: Nina Emery, Mount Holyoke College

The Metaphysics of Quantities, Shamik Dasgupta, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Noël Blas Saenz, University of Illinois

Lunch Break
(On your own)

A Becausal Theory of Knowing, Selim Berker, Harvard University
Moderator: Elanor Taylor, Johns Hopkins University

Going Underground, Karen Bennett, Rutgers University
Moderator: Gideon Rosen, Princeton University

(There will be no further conference events after the above session.)

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

Standard: $60
Full-Time Students: $30
The above fees include the conference reception.


Advance registration was required by September 13. Registration is now closed. Inquiries should be sent to

Conference Travel Fellowship

Since 2015 we have provided a travel fellowship to enable either a Ph.D. candidate or a recent Ph.D. graduate from an under-represented group in philosophy to attend each LACSI Conference. The winner of the grounding conference travel fellowship is Emilie Pagano, a third-year Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Accommodation, Food and Drink


The following three hotels are offering reduced rates for conference participants. The first two are within easy walking distance of the conference venue. The third is more suitable for participants who are traveling by car. Because the conference is scheduled for a busy time, it is strongly recommended that you make reservations as early as possible, preferably by the end of July. The special rates and the ways to secure them are as follows:

  • Aloft Raleigh, 2100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607: Discount of 15% on regular rates, to be discontinued when the hotel gets close to selling out. Go to booking site; select dates; under Special Rates, select Corporate/Promo/Set# and enter PNS.
  • Doubletree Raleigh-Brownstone-University, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27605: $189 per night plus taxes until August 12 providing rooms are still available. Book  here.
  • The StateView Hotel, Autograph Collection, 2451 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606: $159 per night plus taxes until August 26 providing rooms are still available. Book here.

Food and Drink

There is a variety of eating and drinking establishments alongside and close to Hillsborough Street opposite NC State University's North Campus. See map. Conference refreshments will be available in the lobby near Withers Hall 140.

On-Campus Parking

Friday and Saturday: Paid parking is available in the Dan Allen Drive Parking Deck and the Coliseum Parking Deck. You have to pay by credit or debit card. Allow 10-12 minutes for the walk to Withers Hall.

Saturday only: Plenty of free parking is available on campus near Withers Hall.


This conference has been organized by the NC State University Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Steering Committee with assistance from other philosophy faculty at NC State.

The Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Steering Committee: John W. Carroll, Catherine M. Driscoll, Ronald P. Endicott, Michael Pendlebury (Chair), Kevin Richardson