4th Lake Geneva Graduate Conference (LG2C 2019)

Kinds in Philosophy and Its History

Auditoire RDC Battelle, Route de Drize 7, 1227 Carouge (Geneva)




    The Lake Geneva Graduate Conference (LG2C) is an annual event organized by the graduate students of the Universities of Geneva, Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Lausanne, Switzerland. LG2C is a project initiated by Alain Pe-Curto, who presented the idea to the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO) in Summer 2015.


    • 9.00-10.30 Paolo Crivelli (University of Geneva): “Negative Kinds in Plato’s Statesman”
    • 10.45-12.15 Nick Zangwill (University of Hull): “Carnap, Ontology, and Categories: Burial and Praise”, Comments by François Pellet (Münster/Geneva)
    • 14.00-14:50 Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt University Berlin): “Euclid’s Kinds and (Their) Attributes: Metaphysical Background Assumptions in Ancient Greek Mathematics”, Comments by Maria Fiorella Privitera (Geneva)
    • 14:50-15:40 Giulio Sciacca (FINO NW Italian Philosophy Consortium), “That’s Why the Debate on the Metaphysics of Species Should Not Be Deflated” 
    • 16:00-16:50 Roberto Granieri (University of Toronto/ÉNS Paris): “Kinds as Principles” 
    • 16:50-17:40 Athamos Stradis (King’s College London): “No Minds, No Special Science Kinds” 
    • 18:00-18:50 Heejin Kwon (University College London): “Natural Kind Substances, Natural Properties, and Modal Knowledge” 
    • 19:00 Attribution of the LG2C 2019 dialectica prize


    Prospective talks may address some of the following questions:

    What is a (natural, artificial, social, physical, biological, moral, aesthetic, …) kind? Are there any kinds?

    Are kinds properties of a special type? If so, what makes them distinct from other types of properties? What relations do they bear to them? Do we need them?

    Are there different types of kinds?

    What is it to belong to a kind? Is it a primitive feature of entities?

    Is the identity or difference between an object x and an object y relative to the kind to which x and y belong?

    What types of predicates express kinds (if any but not all do)?

    Are there both fundamental and non-fundamental kinds? If so, how are the ones related to the others?

    Is the existence of kinds independent of our classifications and conceptualizations, or not?

    Can questions about the definition of an object be exhaustively answered by indicating the kind to which that object belongs?

    Is the kind to which something belongs identical with its essence?

    Is kind-membership relative to time?

    Any of the above questions as tackled by a philosopher of the past having interesting views on the matter, which the prospective contributor will engage with in an original way (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Scotus, Locke, Husserl, Ingarden, Carnap, Quine, Goodman, Putnam, Geach, Lewis, Lowe, …).

    The above list is not meant to be exhaustive. We are open to any other philosophical question related to the main topic.

    The abstracts should consist of a maximum of 1000 words (not including the title and the bibliography) and include a statement of the view defended by the author and a sketch of the main argument(s) supporting it.

    Submissions must be prepared for blind-reviewing.

    Only PDF files will be accepted.

    Please include a separate PDF file as a cover page with your name, the title of your submission, your current academic affiliation, and your e-mail address.

    Submissions must be sent at the latest on Friday, September 27, 2019 to the following address: lg2c.papers@gmail.com

    Submissions not satisfying the above requirements will be straightly rejected.

    Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given as soon as possible, but in any case before Sunday, October 13, 2019.

    Presentations will last 20 minutes and will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion.

    The best talk (judged by the scientific committee) will receive the new LG2C dialectica prize of 200 Swiss Francs.