eidos -- the Centre in Metaphysics of the University of Geneva
2011 metaphysics graduate school
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation ("Fundamentality and Perspectivality", 101115-135419), eidos, the Centre for Metaphysics at the University of Geneva, organises a graduate course consisting of five workshops. The aim of the workshops is to give Genevan philosophers the opportunity to discuss some issues of recent controversy with some of the best international philosophers in the field.
The workshops take place at the University of Geneva and are open to anyone interested. To faciliate organisation, please tell me what meals you want to attend at least one week in advance (see below).
The workshops are open to everyone. No registration fees.
First workshop: grounding and determination
Geneva, March 4 and 5. The conference starts on the morning of Friday, the 4th, and ends on the evening of Saturday, the 5th of March.
Abstract for Saucedo, Fundamental Assignments:
I argue that if there's a fundamental level and it must form a freely recombinable minimal supervenience base for all of reality, then it must comprise certain property assignments, rather than the properties corresponding to those assignments. I sketch an account of property assignments and suggest that they are better candidate entities than properties to figure in fundamental ontology. I also suggest that property assignments are better suited to play other important roles traditionally associated with the corresponding properties, having to do with lawhood and similarity.
Third workshop: universals and tropes
Geneva, April 22 and 23. The conference starts on the morning of Friday, the 22th, and ends on the evening of Saturday, the 23rd of April.
Thursday evening (optional): we are meeting for dinner at 20h00 in front of the 2, rue de Candolle, where the department is (map below).
20.30 dinner at the Echalotte, 17 rue des rois, 0223205999
Friday (L 208, 2, rue de Candolle [map below])
10-10.30 Opening discussion: a map of the territory (animated by Philipp Keller)
10.45-12.15: Markku Keinänen: A trope bundle theory of powerful particulars, part I
lunch at the Remor, Place du Cirque 3 (0223281270)
14.00-15.30 Philipp Keller, Why there are no tropes
15.45-17.15: Herbert Hochberg, MacBride on Facts
17.30-18.15: Markku Keinänen: A trope bundle theory of powerful particulars, part II
19 fondue at the Bain des Pâquis, quai du Mont-Blanc 34 (0227381616)
Saturday (L 208, 2, rue de Candolle [map below])
9.15-10.45: Peter Simons, Yet it is something: the Ontology of Relations and its Challenges
11-12: Markku Keinänen / Philipp Keller: Determinable Universals - for and against.
lunch at Emilios, rue Leschot 7 (0223216185)
14-15.30: Fraser MacBride, TBA
15.45-17: round table / open discussion (animated by Philipp Keller)
19 dinner, meeting in front of the department
Fourth workshop: properties, parts, and values
Geneva, May 28 and 29. The conference starts on the morning of Saturday, the 28th, and ends on the evening of Sunday, the 29th of May. Immediately preceding the conference, there is another one, on organic unities, organised by Alain Pé-Curto.