Fifth Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology (including a Workshop on Contingentism)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifth Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology (including a Workshop on
Padova, June 27th-28th 2016
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 30th 2016
The Fifth Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology will be held in Padova
on June 27th-28th 2016. Previous Italian Conferences on Analytic
Ontology have been held, since 2003, in Padova, Pisa, Bergamo and Torino
and their organizers were Andrea Bottani, Maurizio Ferraris, Massimo
The Conference is an occasion for discussing innovative research in
analytic ontology and metaphysics. We invite submissions on the
following broad research areas:
1) Methodology of Ontology and Metaphysics (Metaontology;
Metametaphysics; Descriptive vs Revisionary Ontology; Grounding;
2) Time and Change (Theories of Persistence; Ontology and Metaphysics of
Time; Philosophy of Time-Travel; Metaphysical Relevance of Relativity
3) Abstract and Fictional Entities (Nominalism vs Realism;
Indispensability Arguments; Fictionalism; Ontology of Mathematics;
4) Substance and Properties (Metaphysics of Substance; Properties and
Relations; Universals vs Tropes; Instantiation);
5) Mereology and Constitution (Mereological Essentialism; Classical
Mereology vs. Hylomorphism; Ordinary Objects; Composition and 5)
Vagueness; Monism vs Dualism about Material Constitution);
6) History of Metaphysics (Aristotle and Neo-Aristotelian Approaches in
Metaphysics; Leibniz and Analytic Metaphysics, History of Early Analytic
Metaphysics; The Metaphysical Turn in Analytic Philosophy; History of
7) Metaphysics and Semantics (Propositions, Facts, Events, States of
Affairs; Truthmaking; Ontological Commitment; Quantifier Variance; Mass
Terms and Stuff Ontology);
8) Modal Metaphysics (Possible Worlds and Possibilia; Dispositions and
Powers; Counterpart Theory);
9) Social ontology (collective intentionality, group agency,
documentality, metaphysics of persons, ontology of law and money).
Carola Barbero (University of Torino)
David Braddon-Mitchell (University of Sydney)
Daniel Korman (University of Illinois)
Henry Laycock (Queen's University)
Matteo Morganti (University of Roma 3)
Kevin Mulligan (University of Genève)
Thomas Sattig (University of Tübingen)
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS Paris / New York University)
WORKSHOP ON CONTINGENTISM
In the recent literature, the word “contingentism” is used in two
seemingly disparate ways. On the one hand, metaphysical contingentism
(K. Miller, “Defending Contingentism in Metaphysics”, Dialectica 63,
2009) is the view that at least some metaphysical truths (e.g.: that
properties are universal, that composition is identity, that objects
persist through time) are contingently true if true.
On the other hand, according to T. Williamson (Modal Logic as
Metaphysics, OUP 2013), contingentism and necessitism are modal theses
about what there is. Namely, according to necessitism, necessarily
everything is necessarily something. Contingentism is the negation of
necessitism, and is the view that it is possible that something is
The aim of this workshop is to explore the possible connections between
these two kinds of contingentism (and the corresponding kinds of
necessitism) and to investigate more specific issues, such as:
a. contingentism and mathematical objects;
b. contingentism and set-theory;
c. contingentism and the metaphysics of properties;
d. contingentism, necessitism and grounding;
e. contingent identity;
f. contingentism and a priori/a posteriori knowledge;
g. expressive limitations of contingentism.
INVITED SPEAKER: Kristie Miller (University of Sydney)
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 30th 2016
Contributors will have 40 minutes, ideally divided into 30 minutes of
exposition and 10 minutes of discussion. The language of the conference
will be English.
Those wishing to deliver a talk should submit an abstract of maximum 700
words. The abstract should be prepared for double-blind review and sent
to the following email address as a PDF attachment:
[email protected] The outcome of the refereeing process will be
notified by April 30th 2016. Please indicate in the headline of your
submission if you intend to submit your abstract for the general
conference or for the workshop on contingentism.
- Massimiliano Carrara ([email protected])
- Ciro De Florio ([email protected])
- Giorgio Lando ([email protected])
- Vittorio Morato ([email protected])
- Deadline for submissions: March 30th 2016.
- Notifications of acceptance: April 30th 2016.
- Conference dates: June 27th-28th 2016.
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