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The Serious Metaphysics Group

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The Serious Metaphysics Group (SMG) will be meeting in the Faculty of Philosophy Board Room between 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. on Thursdays during the 2015/16 academic year to hear and discuss papers from philosophers working on metaphysics inside or outside Cambridge. Papers normally last around 45 minutes (although shorter papers are also welcome), followed by about 45 minutes of questions and discussion.

The convoker of the SMG is Li Li Tan. Please email Li Li (llt27 at cam.ac.uk) if you would like to give a paper, or to subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) the mailing list. (If you are subscribed to CamPhilEvents, you will already receive emails about this group.)


Michaelmas 2016 Termcard

6 October 2016

John Broome (Oxford)

Reason fundamentalism and what is wrong with it

13 October 2016

Natalja Deng

Does temporal ontology exist?

20 October 2016

James Hutton

Emotion as sensitivity to value: the implementation problem

27 October 2016

Raamy Majeed

The Cognitive Impenetrability of Recalcitrant Emotions

3 November 2016

Tim Button I Disappear

10 November 2016

Ori Beck

Rethinking Naive Realism

17 November 2016

Jessica Leech (King's)

Against logical essence
24 November 2016 Luke Cash

TBC

Recent SMG Termcards


Easter 2016 Termcard

21 April 2016

Henry Taylor

Powerful Qualities and Pure Powers: What's the difference?

28 April 2016

Alexander Greenberg

TBC

5 May 2016

Barry Maguire (UNC)

There are No Reasons for Attitudes

12 May 2016

Sahanika Ratnayake

Multiple Persons

19 May 2016

Carlo Rossi TBC

26 May 2016

Wes Wrigley

Sider's Ontologese Introduction Instructions

2 June 2016

Stephen Duxbury

The Reduction of Modality to Essence
9 June 2016 Dan Brigham

No Nonsense

17 June 2016
New Time:
12.00 - 1.30 p.m.

Murali Ramachandran

Knowledge-to-Fact Reasoning: Towards a Unified Solution to the Prediction Paradox*

*Organised by Arif Ahmed, if you have any questions please email ama24.

Lent 2016 Termcard

14 January 2016

Louise Hanson

The Real Problem with Evolutionary Debunking Arguments

21 January 2016

Margot Strohminger (Antwerp)

Perceptual Knowledge of Nonactual Possibilities*

28 January 2016

Christopher Mole (UBC)

Beauty is Objective

4 February 2016

Max Hayward

Practical Reason, Sympathy, and Reactive Attitudes

11 February 2016

Michael Blome-Tillman TBC

18 February 2016

Hugh Mellor

Growing Block Theories of Time

25 February 2016

Kyle Mitchell

TBC
3 March 2016 Simona Aimar (UCL)

Disposition Ascriptions as Possibility Ascriptions

*In conjunction with the New Directions in the Study of the Mind Project.


Michaelmas 2015 Termcard

8 October 2015

Bence Nanay

Affective Considerations in Meta-metaphysics

15 October 2015

Huw Price

The End of the World

22 October 2015

Philip Gerrans (Adelaide)

A Processing Account of Emotion

29 October 2015

Alex Moran

On the Thinking Parts Problem

5 November 2015

Tim Crane The Significance of Behaviourism

12 November 2015

Rae Langton

After Words: The Being in Time of Speech Acts

19 November 2015

Fiona Doherty

The Ontology of Abstraction

26 November 2015 Arif Ahmed

TBC


Easter 2015 Termcard

23 April 2015

Hugh Mellor

Truthmaking vs Physicalism

30 April 2015

Natalja Deng

Religion for Atheists

7 May 2015

Heather Dyke

Invoking Evolutionary Explanations: Relief and other temporal experiences

14 May 2015

Toby Friend Can parts cause their wholes?

21 May 2015

Carlo Rossi

TBC

28 May 2015

Fredrik Nyseth

Could the Source of Modality Be Contingent?

4 June 2015

Kyle Mitchell

Rejecting 'Everything'

11 June 2015

Annika Boeddeling

TBC

Lent 2015 Termcard

15 January 2015

Piotr Szalek

The Minimal Definition of Goodness and the Problem of Generalisation

22 January 2015

Alex Moran

Dion's Foot and Aristotle's Hand: A New Solution to the Paradox of Decrease

29 January 2015

Gábor Betegh

Colocation

5 February 2015

John Heil

Causal Relations

12 February 2015

Jossi Berkovitz

A New Interpretation of De Finetti's Theory of Subjective Probability

19 February 2015

Adam Bales

Decision-theoretic impossibility proofs: an impossibility proof

26 February 2015

Luz Seiberth

 

5 March 2015

Alison Fernandes

 

Michaelmas 2014 Termcard

9 October 2014

 Daniel Brigham

Russell’s Multiple-Relation Theory of Judgement and its Critics

16 October 2014

 Cheryl Misak

Ramsey and Wittgenstein on Generalizations and Hypotheses, circa 1929

23 October 2014

 Alexis Papazoglou

Naturalism and the Quest for Unity

30 October 2014

 Mat Simpson

Dispositions and General Beliefs

6 November 2014

 Ali Boyle

The Cognitive Significance of Mirror Self-Recognition

13 November 2014

 Tuomas Tahko

Fundamentality and Ontological Well-foundedness

20 November 2014

 Fiona Doherty

How Frege would object to the Neo-Logicist

27 November 2014

 Adrian Boutel

Downward Causation Without Tears

Easter 2014 Termcard

30 April 2014

Daniel Gregory (ANU) - Inner Speech: Phenomenology, Pragmatics and Imagination

7 May 2014

Ali Boyle - Self-awareness

14 May 2014

Jonathan Birch - Punishment, Coordination and the Psychology of Norms

20 May 2014
(Note: change of date)

Georgie Statham - Causal claims in organic chemistry

28 May 2014

Stephen Mumford (Nottingham) - Understanding Causation by Way of Failure

4 June 2014

Lukas Skiba - Modal Fictionalism

11 June 2014

Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck)

Lent 2014 Termcard

22 January 2014

David Etlin (Munich)

29 January 2014

TBC

5 February 2014

Irena Cronin (UCLA)

12 February 2014

Rae Langton

19 February 2014

TBC

26 February 2014

Lucy Campbell

5 March 2014

Paulina Sliwa

12 March 2014

Alison Fernandes (Columbia)

Michaelmas 2013 Termcard
 

16 October 2013

Karen Crowther - Effective spacetime

23 October 2013

Luke Fenton-Glynn (UCL) - Ceteris Paribus Laws and Minutis Rectis Laws

30 October 2013

Tim Button - Truth

6 November 2013

Ella Whiteley - Human nature, dispositions, and gender

13 November 2013

Dan Brigham - Facts

20 November 2013

Shyane Siriwardena - Agency Theory of Causation

27 November 2013

Fiona Doherty - Abstraction Principles

4 December 2013

Lucy Campbell - Practical Knowledge

Easter 2013 Termcard
 

1 May 2013

Jeremy Butterfield - Renormalization for Philosophers

8 May 2013

Christopher Clarke - On the Alleged Indispensability of Social, Psychological and Biological Explanations

15 May 2013

John Williams (Singapore) - Eliminativism, Dialetheism and Moore’s Paradox

22 May 2013

Kevin Mulligan (Geneva) - Explanation in Metaphysics

29 May 2013

Richard Teague - TBA

5 June 2013

Simon Evnine (Miami) - TBA

12 June 2013

Kyle Mitchell - TBA

Lent 2013 Termcard
 

23 January 2013

Adam Caulton - Theoretical Analyticity, Revisited

30 January 2013

Will Davies - Colour Constancy and Discrimination

6 February 2013

Emily Thomas - Why Not to Reject Cartesian Dualism

13 February 2013

Carl Rossi - Defining Endurance

20 February 2013

Brian Hedden (Oxford) - Time-Slice Rationality

27 February 2013

Karen Crowther - Novelty and Autonomy as Alternatives to, or Bases for, a Conception of Emergence in Physics

6 March 2013

Mat Simpson - Wilfrid Sellars and Ostrich Nominalism

13 March 2013

Lukas Skiba - On Indirect Sense and Reference

 Michaelmas 2012 Termcard
 

10 October 2012

Tim Crane - Things that don't exist

17 October 2012

Tamer Nawar - Truth and Epistemic Value

24 October 2012

James Cargile (Virginia) - Identity

31 October 2012

Alexander Greenberg - Maps by which we steer

7 November 2012

Daniel Brigham - Propositional Attitudes and Attitudes to Propositions

14 November 2012

John Maier - The Metaphysics of Ignorance

21 November 2012

Brian Pitts - How Almost Everything in Space-time Theory is Illuminated by Simple Particle Physics: The Neglected Case of Massive Scalar Gravity

28 November 2012

Shyane Siriwardena - The Suppositional Theory and Morgenbesser Counterfactuals

 

 Easter 2012 Termcard
 

25 April 2012

Prof. John Marenbon

2 May 2012

Prof. Richard Holton

9 May 2012

Kyle Mitchell

16 May 2012

Prof. Justin Broackes

30 May 2012

Prof. Hugh Mellor

 

 Lent 2012 Termcard
 

16 January 2012

Jeremy Butterfield

23 January 2012

Robert Northcott

30 January 2012

Yohan Joo

6 February 2012

Allan Hazlett

13 February 2012

Bence Nanay

20 February 2012

Shyane Siriwardena

27 February 2012

Daniel Brigham

5 March 2012

Max Hummel

 

 Michaelmas 2011 Termcard
 

12 October 2011

Alexis Papazoglou

19 October 2011

Jody Azzouni

26 October 2011

Peter Smith

2 November 2011

Fraser MacBride

9 November 2011

Alexander Greenberg

16 November 2011

Shyane Siriwardena

23 November 2011

Jonathan Birch

30 November 2011

Tamar Nawar

 

 Michaelmas 2010 Termcard
 

13 October 2010

Fraser MacBride

20 October 2010

Nathan Wildman

27 October 2010

Phyllis Illari

3 November 2010

Nick Jones

10 November 2010

Duen-Min Deng

17 November 2010

Markku Keinänen

24 November 2010

Josh Parsons

1 December 2010

Sam Coleman

 

 Lent 2010 Termcard
 

20 Jan 2010

Luca Incurvati - Iterative Conception and Metaphysical Dependence

27 Jan 2010

Fraser MacBride - Relations and Truth-Making

10 Feb 2010

Gemma Murray - Is Quantum Mechanics about Quantum Information?

17 Feb 2010

Duen-Min Deng - Wiggins' Individuative Essentialism

24 Feb 2010

Nathan Wildman - Hume's Dictum and Non-mereological composition: Lewis against Armstrong's States of Affairs

3 March 2010

Emily Thomas - Mereological nihilism in a gunky world

10 March 2010

Hugh Mellor - Successful Semantics

 

 Easter 2010 Termcard
 

28 April 2010

Daniel Nolan - She's Really Happening

5 May 2010

John Wright - Explaining the Novel Predictive Success of Science Without Realism or Truth

13 May 2010
(THURSDAY)

Helen Beebee - What's So Scientific About Scientific Essentialism?

2 June 2010

Gemma Murray - Chance in Empirical Theories

9 June 2010

Adam Caulton - Weak Discernibility, But Of What?