Perspectival Facts: Fragmentalism and Rival Approaches

May 7, 2020 - May 8, 2020
institute for philosophy, Leiden University

Old Observatory


  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


University of Tennessee, Knoxville
New York University
Scripps College
University of Eastern Piedmont
Leiden University
Nottingham University (PhD)
University of Geneva
Université de Montréal
Polonsky Academy, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


Leiden University

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This workshop focuses on our understanding of perspectival facts. A perspectival fact is roughly a fact that obtains but doesn’t obtain relative to all existing standpoints. For example, a temporal fact obtains but doesn’t obtain at all moments in time. Metaphysicians have recently explored new approaches to our understanding of such facts. One view that has been of particular interest is fragmentalism, first introduced by Kit Fine. According to this view, reality has a fragmented structure and is constituted by the (possibly incompatible) facts that seem to obtain from different standpoints. This workshop is dedicated to recent work on fragmentalism and rival approaches to perspectival facts.

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May 6, 2020, 5:00am CET

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