Derivativeness and Priority

September 9, 2019 - September 10, 2019
Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione, Universitá della Svizzera Italiana

Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
Lugano 6900

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Tel Aviv University
University of Glasgow
Bristol University
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Virginia Tech
Tilburg University


Università Della Svizzera Italiana

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It is prima facie an attractive idea that some entities are derivative with respect to others: for instance, mereological wholes may be considered derivative with respect to their parts or vice versa, and directions may (under an abstractionist conception) be considered derivative with respect to straight lines. If an entity is derivative with respect to another, the latter might be regarded as ‘ontologically prior’ to the former. But is there a single general sense of ‘derivative’? And how does derivativeness relate to other notions of priority, metaphysical and otherwise? Our aim in this workshop will be to discuss potential answers to these and similar questions.

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September 8, 2019, 3:00pm CET

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