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Faculty of Philosophy


The conference entitled "How Universal are Universals?" will take place in Boys Smith Room, St John's College, Saturday 26th April (9 am - 6.15 pm) and Sunday 27th April (9 am - 1 pm).

An interdisciplinary conference on the problem of universals. We shall explore what seems to be (but might not be) the same problem in different traditions and different areas of the same tradition (including Ancient, Mediaeval, Byzantine, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Analytic Philosophy, and philosophy from outside the tradition that goes back to Plato and Aristotle).

Keynote speaker: Prof. Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Oxford)

Speakers: John Marenbon, Gabriele Galluzzo, Matthew Tugby, Christophe Erismann, Caterina Tarlazzi, Evan King, Sydney Penner, Ankur Barua, Adam Caulton, Jan Plate, Laura Porro, Robert Trueman, Carlo Rossi, Michael Clark.

For further details see the conference poster.

Conference Programme:

Saturday, 26th April

(Morning Session Chaired by John Marenbon)

9.00 John Marenbon, Introduction

9.15 Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, Key-Note Address, Indiscernible Universals

10.15 Gabriele Galluzzo, Aristotle on logical versus metaphysical universals

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Matthew Tugby, Aristotelianism versus Platonism: Universals, Dependence, and Explanation

12.15 Christophe Erismann, Byzantine Perspectives on Universals

1.00 Lunch

(Afternoon Session Chaired by Tony Street)

2.00 Caterina Tarlazzi, Is Socrates a Universal? On early 12th-century Realism

2.45 Evan King, Separation and Abstraction in Berthold von Moosburg

3.30 Sydney Penner, Suárez on Universals

4.15 Coffee Break

4.45 Ankur Barua,  Do Brute Facts Need To Be Civilised? Universals in classical Indian philosophy and contemporary analytical ontology

5.30 Adam Caulton, Do gauge theories rule out a theory of universals?

8.00 Dinner (Parsons Room, St. John's College - for invited guests)

Sunday, 27th April

(Morning Session Chaired by Hugh Mellor)

9.00 Jan Plate, Simple Properties and Relations

9.45 Laura Porro, Universals, tropes and parsimony

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Robert Trueman, The concept horse with no name

11.45 Carlo Rossi - Michael Clark,  Universals and Location

12.30 Conclusions

13.00 Lunch

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The conference is an Early Career Network Event funded by the British Academy

Saturday, 26 April, 2014 - 09:00 to Sunday, 27 April, 2014 - 13:00
Contact name: 
Caterina Tarlazzi
Contact email: 
Event location: 
Boys Smith Room, St John's College, Cambridge