Exploring Dspositions. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

March 17, 2016 - March 19, 2016
Department of Philosophy, Humboldt-University, Berlin

Topoi Building
Hannoversche Straße 6
Berlin 10115


Simona Aimar
Jonathan Beere
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Joseph Bjelde
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Siegfried Jaag
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Daniel James
University of Konstanz
Julia Jorati
Ohio State
Anna Marmodoro
Oxford University
Erasmus Mayr
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Stephan Schmid
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Universität Hamburg
Vid Simoniti
Churchill College Cambridge
Barbara Vetter
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Kadri Vihvelin
University of Southern California


Stephan Schmid
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Barbara Vetter
Humboldt-University, Berlin

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Dispositions or powers have played a prominent but changing role in the history of philosophy, going from a role as explanantia or explainers of a great range of phenomena in Aristotle to being a phenomenon much in need of explanation in early modern times. In contemporary philosophy, dispositions or powers have risen to great prominence again, and are now invoked to explain such diverse phenomena as laws of nature, modality, free will, and beauty. The aim of the workshop is to bring together philosophers who work on dispositions in many different areas, both historically and systematically.

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