Universals and Tropes

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 Swiss philosophers the opportunity to discuss some issues of recent controversy with some of the best international philosophers in the field.

Students participating in the closely connected graduate seminar "How Things Are" are especially welcome to attend.

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.

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.

Speakers (confirmed): Markku Keinänen, Herbert Hochberg, Peter Simons ,Fraser MacBride.


Readings for Hochberg's Arguments against Tropes (discussion animated by Philipp Keller):

Programme (click here for a print-out):

  • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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