The Metaphysics of Mixtures and Stuff

Funded by the CRUS (École Doctorale de Philosophie Contemporaine) and the Swiss National Science Foundation ("Lesser Entities", 101112-147361), eidos, the Centre for Metaphysics at the University of Geneva, organises a conference on the metaphysics of mixtures and stuff.

The conference will be held at the University of Geneva from the morning of the 6th of June to the evening of the 8th of June. Everyone's welcome, though advance registration is required.

For a bibliography of recent work on mixtures, stuff and (the metaphysics and logic of) mass-terms, please click here. Additions very welcome, especially on mixtures!

Download the the programme in .pdf format.


Thursday, 6th of June: Mixtures
  • meeting at 9.00 in front of the department
  • 9.15-10.45 Philipp Blum, Kit Fine on Mixtures
  • 11-12.30 Paul Needham, Getting back to Aristotle: Tracing the Aristotelian Roots of Chemical Thermodynamics
  • lunch
  • 14.30-16 Theodore Scaltsas, Aristotle on mixis
  • 16.15-17.45 Olivier Massin, Brentano on Multiple Colours
  • 18-19 wrap-up discussion
  • drinks at the Livresse (see below)
  • dinner

Friday, 7th of June: Stuff
  • 9.15-10.45 Mark Steen, Vague Stuff
  • 11-12.30 Henry Laycock, In What Does the Existence of Stuff Consist? - Being Without Quantification (cf here for a related paper)
  • lunch
  • 14.30-16 Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson, Stuff: Substances, Processes, or Both?
  • 16.15-17.45 Philipp Blum, Stuff and Distributional Properties
  • 18-19 wrap-up discussion
  • drinks at the Livresse
  • dinner

Saturday, 8th of June: Mixtures & Stuff

Conference Organization

For any questions, please contact the conference organiser Philipp Blum.