Making Things UpProf Karen Bennett (Cornell University)
Hörsal F, Humanities Building
Umeå 90187 Umeå
Lecture 1: Building
Monday October 10, 13.15-15, hörsal F, Humanities Building
Abstract: I characterize a class of relation I call ‘building relations’: roughly, relations whereby less fundamental phenomena are made of or generated from more fundamental phenomena. I argue that it’s better to speak generally about a class of such relations than to claim that there is a single most privileged one. Finally, I defend the claim that such relations are a) antisymmetric and irreflexive and b) necessitating in a particular sense against some recent claims to the contrary.
Lecture 2: Causing
Tuesday October 11, 13.15-15, hörsal F, Humanities Building
Abstract: I argue that the class of building relations is causally tainted in the following two senses. First, causation itself counts as one, and second, various particular building relations frequently obtain in virtue of causal facts.
Lecture 3: Relative Fundamentality
Wednesday October 12, 13.15-15, hörsal F, Humanities Building
Abstract: Philosophers frequently help themselves to relative fundamentality talk. But what does it mean to say that one thing is more fundamental than (or ontologically prior to) another? I argue that we cannot treat the relative fundamentality facts as primitive, and instead must account for them in terms of building. I go on to provide an account of the more fundamental than relation in terms of building, and defend it against various objections.
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