Nordic Network in Metaphysics

The Nordic Network in Metaphysics is an informal network of those philosophers in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) that have an interest in metaphysics. Membership is free and open to whoever wants to be associated with the network. We arrange webinars, workshops, and meetings. The organization is distributed among departments in the Nordic countries.

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Latest posts

Fictional Entities Revisited

December 3, 2021 13:15-15:00 Panu Raatikainen Tampere University, Finland Abstract Several philosophers including Kripke have contended that fictional entities do exist as abstract objects, and fictional names refer to such abstract entities. Kripke and Thomasson compare fictional entities to existing social entities. Kripke also reflects on fictions inside fictions to support this view. Many … Continue reading Fictional Entities Revisited

A Functionalist Account of Metaphysical Explanation

November 19, 2021 16:00-17:30 CET Anthony Fisher University of Washington, USA Abstract Metaphysical explanation has received a lot of attention in the literature recently. In this talk, I develop a functionalist account of metaphysical explanation founded on the Ramsey-Carnap-Lewis doctrine of theoretical terms. In developing this account I take as my departure Lewis’s methodology … Continue reading A Functionalist Account of Metaphysical Explanation

Plants, Wants, and Agents

November 5, 2021 13:00-15:00 CET Helen Steward University of Leeds, UK Abstract Might plants be agents? This paper considers an attempt by Hans-Johann Glock (2019) to draw two important distinctions which might help us think about the bounds of agency. One is a distinction between ‘information-processing’, on the one hand and ‘behaviour’, on the other; … Continue reading Plants, Wants, and Agents