CFP: Objects and Properties: Generating Dialogue

Submission deadline: April 15, 2018

Conference date(s):
June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018

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Conference Venue:

St. John's College
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Topic areas


The ideas of object and property are two of the most central concepts in all of philosophy. They are also central to other academic disciplines, and to common sense thought and talk. However, many philosophers working on these topics do so from within a specific tradition, and a particular set of assumptions that govern metaphysical questions. There is currently very little dialogue between the different approaches. The worry is that this lack of interaction will foster an overly restrictive approach, and a lack of appreciation of other perspectives. We feel that there is an urgent need for increased communication.

This conference will answer this need, by bringing together philosophers who work on objects and properties from different perspectives, ranging from neo-Aristotelians, to Humeans, neo-Fregeans, anti-realists, and Carnapians, with the aim of generating a productive dialogue between different philosophical traditions. It is the hope of this conference that this increased dialogue will foster new and profitable work on the metaphysics of objects and properties.

Invited Speakers

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)
Ralf Bader (University of Oxford)
Alyssa Ney (UC-Davis)
John Heil (University of Washington St Louis)
L. A. Paul (UNC- Chapel Hill)
Nick Jones (University of Birmingham)
Anna-Sofia Maurin (University of Gothenburg)
Alan Sidelle (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS/NYU)

Call for Papers

In addition to our invited speakers, we are also opening up our conference to two graduate or early career speakers (three years from the PhD award date).

We invite submissions of abstracts of 500 to 1000 words, prepared for blind review, for a talk of no more than 30 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] by the 15th of April.

Authors of successful submissions will be notified by the first week of May. We expect to fund overnight accommodation and UK travel costs or equivalent for selected speakers.

If you have any questions, please contact  organisers Carlo Rossi ([email protected]) and Alex Moran ([email protected]).

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