As a Matter of Form

July 21, 2019
Formal Causation (DFG 2018-2020), Universität Rostock, Institut für Philosophie

Bergstraße 7a, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Rostock 18057

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University of Virginia
New York University
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
University of Tuebingen
University of Graz


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universität Rostock

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A one-day workshop exploring topics such as form, essence, and hylomorphism.

There is no participation fee, but please register with us to let us know that you are coming.


Saturday 20.7:

20:00 Dinner at Otto's Restaurantshiff

Sunday 21.7:

 9:30-10:30        Ludger Jansen: On Hylomorphism in Social Ontology

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Michael Wallner: Can Essences Explain Necessity?

12:00-14:00       Lunch buffet

14:00-15:00       Thomas Sattig: Reducing Parthood

15:00-15:15       Short break

15:15-16:15       Jonathan Barker: Form and Explanatory Autonomy

16:15-16:45       Coffee break

16:45-17:45       Kit Fine: Comments on the previous talks

19:30                   Dinner at Zwanzig12


Jonathan Barker -- Form and Explanatory Autonomy


Kit Fine -- Comments on the previous talks

Kit Fine will give his comments and feedback to the previous four talks.

Ludger Jansen -- On Hylomorphism in Social Ontology

Recently, Kit Fine and others have suggested to apply hylomorphistic accounts to social ontology. In this talk, I will probe this idea. I start by sketching a working definition of hylomorphism, and then discuss some cases that seem to invite a hylomorphic treatment, in particular groups and status entities. Then I turn to more sophisticated examples that seem to forbid an analysis in hylomorphic terms, in particular to legal persons and to what Barry Smith has termed 'free standing y-terms'. Finally, I discuss whether my account in my book "Gruppen und Institutionen" is a hylomorphistic theory or not.

Thomas Sattig -- Reducing Parthood

The aim is to reduce parthood in the realm of material objects to essence and grounding. The first step is to reduce parthood to slot-filling: a material object is structured by a certain arrangement of slots; and the fillers of these slots are the object's proper parts. The second step is to reduce slot-filling to essence and grounding. If this overarching reduction succeeds, it promises new metaphysical foundations for neo-Aristotelian mereology.

Michael Wallner -- Can Essences Explain Necessity?

Lately the Finean idea that modal truths are true in virtue ofgrounded in, or explained by essentialist truths has been under attack. In this paper I am trying to meet this current criticism by alluding to the distinction between what could be called Reductive Finean Essentialism vs. Non-Reductive Finean Essentialism and to some of Bob Hale's work on the latter.

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July 19, 2019, 9:00am CET

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