Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Metaphysics of Science (and Related Topics) Workshop

Metaphysics of Science (and related topics)
March 29-31 2010 (University of Bristol)
A workshop funded by the AHRC under the auspices of the Metaphysics of Science project.


Alexander Bird
Helen Beebee
James Ladyman
Nigel Leary
Hugh Mellor
Stephen Mumford
Johannes Persson
Markus Schrenk
Alexander Reutlinger
Emma Tobin
Matt Tugby
Annika Wallin

For further details see the workshop website

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mini Metaphysics Day University of Bristol

Mini-Metaphysics Day

A Workshop at the University of Bristol as part of the joint AHRC
Metaphysics of Science Project at Birmingham | Bristol | Nottingham.

Wednesday September 3rd 2008
Venue: Philosophy Common Room, 9 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB, United

Convenors: Alexander Bird and Emma Tobin
Contact: Alexander.Bird@bristol.ac.uk or Emma.Tobin@bristol.ac.uk


Jill North (Yale)
Alice Drewery (Reading)
L.A. Paul (UNC, Chapel Hill)
Helen Beebee (Birmingham)
Jessica Wilson (Toronto)


09:30 Jill North "The Structure of Classical Mechanics"
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Alice Drewery "Necessary Laws in the Non-fundamental Sciences"
12:30 Lunch
13:30 L.A. Paul "The Handmaiden's Tale"
14:45 Break
15:00 Helen Beebee "Some problems for Bird's Dispositional Essentialism"
16:15 Tea
16:45 Jessica Wilson "Emergence: Weak and Strong"
18:00 Workshop dinner

Further Information can be found on the Workshop Website:


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Workshop Announcement : Themes in the Metaphysics of Chemistry and Biology

Themes in the Metaphysics of Chemistry and Biology

supported by the AHRC and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol

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Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June 2008

Lecture Theatre 2 Arts Faculty, 9 Woodland Rd. Bristol and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol

Conveners: Alexander Bird & Emma Tobin

Confirmed Speakers:

For further details visit our workshop webpage.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

3rd Annual CMM Graduate Conference Leeds

The Centre for Metaphysics and Mind at the University of Leeds is hosting the 3rd Annual CMM Graduate Conference on Thursday 4th September. This is will run immediately before the metaphysics conference, Perspectives on Ontology, that is being held at the University from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September.

Submissions are welcome from current graduate students on any area of metaphysics. Metaphysics should be broadly construed to include not only traditional metaphysical topics, but also the metaphysical aspects of e.g. philosophy of mind, philosophy of physics, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics.

Submissions of any length up to 5,000 words will be considered.

Each paper presented at the conference will be followed by a response from a member of academic staff from the University of Leeds Department of Philosophy.

As with last year's conference we hope to be able to pay some or all of the travel and accommodation costs for those people whose papers are accepted. (This is dependent on successful funding applications.)

Please submit complete papers, preferably by e-mail, to Sarah Grant, phl2skg@leeds.ac.uk. Please mark your submission clearly as such. Receipt will be acknowledged asap. Submissions will also be accepted by mail:

Sarah Grant
School of Philosophy
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

All papers should be suitable for blind review (we cannot guarantee anonymised refereeing if your paper is not suitably anonymised). Please include a cover page with title, abstract and contact details. Mailed submissions should include two copies.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 18th July 2008.

Decisions will be made by Friday 8th August 2008.

For more general details on the conference please consult:


or e-mail Duncan Watson at phl5dw@leeds.ac.uk Messages

Friday, March 7, 2008

Modelling Matter Symposium - Durham

St Chad's College, Durham University
26-28 March 2008
Sponsored by Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study

Organisers: Dr R F Hendry & Dr M D Eddy
This interdisciplinary two-day symposium will investigate the different strategies and methods of modelling and representing across the physical and life sciences, and the ways in which models relate to their subject matter and to the empirical evidence. Scientists represent the world using a wide variety of media, including mathematical and physical models, equations, graphs and visual diagrams, and of course language, analogy and metaphor. Historians and philosophers of science have examined the traditions and modes of representation across different sciences, and in particular when different scientific disciplines interact. Particular traditions of representation employ different media together, so that one medium can take over when the expressive power of another runs out. Thus, for instance, in theoretical physics and chemistry, visual arguments are sometimes employed when more formal mathematical derivations are intractable. Traditions develop so that the modes of representation are implicit, and transparent to the practitioners. Their particular origins and status are unquestioned, and the medium of representation itself is essentially invisible to the practitioner.
Modelling Matter Symposium
26-28 March
St Chad’s College, Durham University
Wednesday, 26 March
Perspectives on Models and Representation
2pm (1) ‘Models: Parables versus Fables’
Prof Nancy Cartwright FBA, Professor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and University of California, San Diego.
3pm (2) ‘A Hierarchical Account of Theories and Models’
Prof Ronald Giere, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
4pm Tea/coffee
Perspectives on Models and Representation (continued)
4.30pm (3) ‘Modelling Matter with Paper Tools’
Professor Dr Ursula Klein, Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
5.30pm (4) ‘Physics and the Philosophy of Scientific Modeling’
Dr Eric Winsberg, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida
6.30pm Bar
7.30pm Dinner
Thursday, 27 March
Biology and Models
9.30am (5) ‘Tables for Models: Medicine and Mineralogy during the Enlightenment’
Dr Matthew D Eddy, Lecturer in History of Science, Durham University & Caltech
10.30am (6) ‘Models in Molecular Biology, and their Present Evolution’
Prof Michel Morange, Professor of Biology, ENS and University of Paris 6, Director, Cavailles Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences, ENS
11.30am Tea/coffee
12noon (7) ‘Models for Modelling Matter’
Dr Michael Weisberg, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
1pm Lunch
Chemistry and Models
2pm (8) ‘Modelling Chirality’
Professor Seymour Mauskopf, Professor of History, Duke University
3pm (9) ‘Modelling Molecules: from Wollaston to Hofmann’
Professor David Knight, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science, Durham University

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Metaphysics Entries on The Stanford Encyclopedia

There is a new entry on Nominalism in Metaphysics on the Stanford Encyclopedia.

There are also some substantive revisions to the entry on Tropes.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Perspectives on Ontology

Announcing: Perspectives on Ontology

A major international conference on metaphysics to be held at the University of Leeds, Sep 5th-7th 2008.

Karen Bennett (Cornell)
John Hawthorne (Oxford)
Daniel Nolan (Nottingham)
Jill North (Yale)
Helen Steward (Leeds)
Jessica Wilson (Toronto)

Benj Hellie (Toronto)
Kris McDaniel (Syracuse)
Ted Sider (NYU)
Jason Turner (Leeds)
Robbie Williams (Leeds)

Registration details to follow. There will be a number of graduate bursaries. For further information contact Ross Cameron (r.p.cameron@leeds.ac.uk) or Elizabeth Barnes (e.j.barnes@leeds.ac.uk)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Mind Association, The Aristotelian Society and the Analysis Trust.