What Do We Do When We Do Metaphysics? - Methods, Limitations, and Consequences

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: meta2phil@phil.hhu.de
Deadline: 01.06.2018
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Abstracts
Ort: Düsseldorf
Datum: 30.08.2018
Ende: 31.08.2018 --:--

Taken into account that metaphysics is hard to define and its methods are controversial, the need for meta-metaphysics as an additional discipline seems urgent. Meta-metaphysics is there to understand what we are actually doing when we are asking metaphysical questions like: What are laws of nature? What are properties? What are social kinds? How do objects persist through time? Does the self exist? The task of meta-metaphysics is thus to discuss if and how the almost endless list of metaphysical questions can be answered.


In our workshop, we are interested in finding answers to questions like the following: What methods can be used to answer (certain) metaphysical questions? Are there metaphysical questions that cannot be answered? Are metaphysical concepts value-laden? We hope to bring together various analytic perspectives on these meta-metaphysical issues including examples of the application of individual methods (both historically and contemporary).


Keynotes will be given by Sophie Allen (Keele), Jiri Benovsky (Fribourg) and Richard Woodward (Hamburg).


We encourage MA and PhD students to participate. Applications should include a short CV and an abstract of max. 500 words prepared for blind review. Each participant will be given 45 mins, 30 mins per presentation and 15 mins for Q&A. The organizing committee will notify authors of its decision by 01/07/2018.

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