Ockhamism and Philosophy of Time

September 13, 2018 - September 14, 2018
Department of Humanities, University of L'Aquila

Viale Nizza 14
L Aquila 67100


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The workshop aims to discuss various ways in which Ockhamism can be meant. In particular, the following three topics will be discussed:

a) the thesis that sentences and propositions about the future have a definite truth value, without any ensuing commitment to determinism or fatalism;

b) the idea that there are so-called soft facts, which would be the subject matter of sentences and proposition verbally about the present, but metaphysically about a later time, and which might change in the future;

c) the problem whether the branching-time model needs to countenance a privileged branch (the so-called thin red line), in order to provide a semantic analysis in line with a).

The workshop will also host two historians of Medieval philosophy with the purpose of investigating the contentions of William of Ockham “in flesh and bone” and other Medieval philosophers about future contingency and time.

No registration is required and everybody is welcome. If you need any information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Discussants: Donatella Donati (University of L'Aquila), Simone Gozzano (University of L'Aquila), Giorgio Lando (University of L'Aquila), Federico Perelda (University of Venice)

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