The metaphysics and the epistemology of essence and exemplification

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.

Programme (click here for a print-out):

Geneva, August 28 and 29. The conference starts on the morning of Sunday, the 28th, and ends on the evening of Monday, the 29th of August.

Invited speakers: Sonia Roca-Royes, Nicholas B. Mantegani

  • Saturday
    • 20 dinner at the St. Jean, 4 rue du Vieux-Billard (0223283444)
  • Sunday (L 208, 2, rue de Candolle)
    • 11-12.30: Nick Mantegani, Ontological commitment and the realism-nominalism debate
    • lunch at Remor, Place du Cirque 3 (0223281270)
    • 14-15.30: Philipp Keller, Baxterian Aspects: their Metaphysics and Epistemology
    • 16-17.30: round table on Chalmers and Hale/Wright on metametaphysics (animated by Sonia Roca-Royes)
    • drinks at the Livresse
    • 20 dinner at the Pignata, avenue du Mail 3 (0223202208)
  • Monday (L 208, 2, rue de Candolle)
    • 11-12.30: Nick Mantegani, Baxter and Armstrong on instantiation
    • lunch at Emilios, rue Leschot 7 (0223216185)
    • 14-15.30: Sonia Rocas-Royes, The Epistemology of Essence
    • 16-17.30: Philipp Keller, Essentiality of Origin again
    • 17.30-18: round table
    • drinks at the Livresse
    • 20 dinner at the Echalotte, 17, rue des Rois (0223205999)