The Lake Geneva Graduate Conference 2016

May 27, 2016
Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva

Room H8-01 144.165
9, Chemin des Mines
Geneva CH-1202

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  • University of Fribourg, Department of Philosophy
  • University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Centre
  • University of Lausanne, Section of Philosophy
  • University of Geneva, Department of Philosophy & Institute for Ethics, History and the Humanities at the Fac. of Medicine
  • University of Geneva, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
  • Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale

Keynote speakers:

Karen Bennett
Cornell University
Christian Wüthrich
University of Geneva

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The Lake Geneva Graduate Conference is a new annual event organized by the graduate students at the Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Geneva, Switzerland. 

The conference’s goal is to foster exchanges between graduate students from the Lake Geneva area and from elsewhere in the world. Submissions from graduate students were assessed by means of strict blind review processes (authors – editorial team – reviewers, cf. the attached CFP for further details) in order to select approximately two submissions from the Lake Geneva area and two from elsewhere in the world. 

The topic of our CFP was explanation, broadly conceived, and our program for the day is the following:

9:30-10:45 Prof. CHRISTIAN WÜTHRICH (Geneva), Keynote speaker

What Becomes of the Future

11:00-12:00 JONAS WERNER (Hamburg)

On the Epistemic Connection Between Grounds and Grounded

12:00-1:00 DAVIDE ROMANO (Lausanne)

"Quantum to Classical Transition in Bohmian Mechanics: from a (Quantum) Holistic Description to a (Classical) “Separable” World".

Lunch at Campus Biotech

2:30-3:45  Prof. KAREN BENNETT (Cornell), Keynote speaker

Explanation, Production, and Causation

4:00-5:00 FRANÇOIS PELLET (Münster)

Form, Matter, and Function in the Metaphysics of Mechanisms: Toward an Aggregative Definition of Mechanisms 

5:00-6:00 ALBERTO TASSONI (UC Berkeley)

Laws and Explanation: Towards Unification

6h15-7h00 Open discussion and refreshments, followed by the conference dinner.

Registration (free) and all questions: please send us an email at [email protected]

Conference scholarships for non-speaker participants: Graduate students from the Lake Geneva area are eligible for reimbursement of train fares and meals. They should send us an email at [email protected] to receive further instructions.

We encourage other non-speaker participants to contact us so that we can help them find affordable accommodation in Geneva and support their applications for third-party funding.

LG2C org.: Alain Pe-Curto & Maria Scarpati 2016 team: Alexander Bown, Pablo Carnino, Steve Humbert-Droz, Elodie Malbois, Alain Pe-Curto & Maria Scarpati. 

Sponsors: Profs. Fabrice Correia, Julien Deonna & Fabrice Teroni. This event is generously supported by the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale, the Dean of the School of Humanities, the Department of Philosophy and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva.


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