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Metaphysical Explanation Workshop

Research Project: Metaphysics and Logic Research Group

May 30

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The University of St Andrews Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology will be hosting a workshop on Metaphysical Explanation.

Description: The purpose of the workshop is to bring together and promote research in the nature of metaphysical explanation, exploring what it is and how it works. In addition, the workshop seeks to explore the applications of metaphysical explanation to issues in metaphysics and related issues in analytic philosophy.

Speakers: Naomi Thompson (University of Bristol), Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto), Boris Kment (Princeton University), and Ross Cameron (University of Virginia).

DATE AND VENUE: 30 May 2024, Online on Teams.

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE (Note: All times are in British Summer Time):
Every time slot includes: the main talk (45 mins), a commentary and reply (15 mins) and Q&A (15 mins).

11:55 – 12:00 Preliminary Remarks

12:00 – 13:15 Naomi Thompson: “Social Metaphysical Explanation”

13:15 – 13:30 Break

13:30 – 14:45 Boris Kment: “Ground, Paradox, and the Gappiness of Reality”

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:15 Ross Cameron: “Explanation and Plenitude in Non-Well-Founded Set Theories”

16:15 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:45 Jessica Wilson: “Abduction as the Ultimate Arbiter of Modal and Other Disputes”


May 30

Other events in Metaphysics and Logic Research Group

Jun 2024: Workshop on Modality: With or Without Possible Worlds?

Jun 2024: Plenary Discussion Brunch with Marta Sznajder (University of Vienna)