This conference focuses on issues related to: (1) the choice between what is sometimes called unionism (i.e., the view that grounding is explanatory per se) and separatism (the view that grounding and explanation are distinct) and (2) the analogy (given separatism) between grounding/metaphysical explanation and causation causal explanation.
Speakers include Ricki Bliss (Lehigh University), Einar Duenger Bohn (University of Agder), Daniel Giberman (University of Texas at Arlington), Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham), David Kovacs (Tel Aviv University), Elanor Taylor (Johns Hopkins University) and Kelly Trogdon (Virginia Tech).
The conference is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Vetenskapsrådet, and Wilhelm och Maria Lundgrens fond.
For more details go to conference website
Welcome to the second one-day workshop on metaphysical explanation, featuring presentations by Alexander Skiles (NYU), Naomi Thompson (Southampton and Gothenburg), Robin Stenwall (Lund and Gothenburg), Anna-Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg), Andrew Brenner (Notre Dame) , and Ricki Bliss (Hamburg and Lehigh). For details click here.
UNIVERSITY OF AGDER, NORWAY
OCTOBER 18-19, 2016
MONDAY OCTOBER 17TH.
19:00: Informal drinks at Christianssand Brygghus (Tolbodgata 9).
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18TH — ROOM 46 216
9:30-11:00: Anna-Sofia Maurin: “Metaphysical Explanation”
11:15-12:45: Tuomas Tahko: “Bundle Theory with Kinds”
13:45-15:15: Eline Busck Gundersen: “Dispositional Theories and Theories about Dispositions”
15:30-17:00: Valdi Ingthorsson: “Four Dogmas in the Dominant Dialectic about Causation”
18:00: CONFERENCE DINNER (FOR SPEAKERS) at Mother India (Markens gt 6)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19TH — ROOM I1 066
9:30-11:00: Ragnhild Jordahl: “Dispositional Essences and the Laws of Nature”
11:05:-12:35: Peter Fritz (Oslo): “The Consistency of Structured Propositions”
13:35-15:05: Matti Eklund: “Ontology XL”
15:15-15:45: Discussion about the future of the network
If any questions, call Einar: (+47) 917 14143
The online magazine The Best Schools has just published a list of the 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers. Among them we find Professor Ingvar Johansson. A representative of TBS informs that the list was compiled partly using a tool developed by TBS to determine links to the works of the philosophers in question, page views, book and article citations and more. They also used a tool called SEMrush to determine the traffic to home pages, wiki pages, etc., in order to get an estimate of what they call Influence Networks. TBS’s team included four Philosophy PhD’s and in addition they consulted numerous philosophers to balance the quantitative data they collected.
Here is a link to TBS’s list
It’s time to start thinking seriously about the upcoming 2nd meeting of the Nordic Network in Metaphysics. The venue this time around is the University of Agder, located in Kristiansand in Norway.
Matti Eklund (Uppsala)
Anna Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg)
Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki)
Eline Busck Gundersen (Oslo/Aarhus)
Lars Bo Gundersen (Aarhus)
Ragnhild Jordahl (Bergen)
Valdi Ingthorsson (Lund)
more info soon!