SOPhiA 2017

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

The Power to Change
(Affiliated Workshop, English)

This workshop relates the metaphysics of change and persistence with the metaphysics of powers.
Research on persistence has developed dramatically in the past 30 years or so. Moving way beyond the ''classical'' endurance/perdurance-distinction of Lewis 1986, philosophers offer ever more sophisticated explications of the classical conceptions, develop alternative theories, and analyze how they fit with Relativity and Quantum Theory. Still, philosophers working in the wake of Lewis place far too much emphasis on the (alleged) conflict with Leibniz' law, but almost ignore the crucial question how things persist. How do entities, whether occurents or continuants, keep going into ever new times?
Are the simply carried along by a general flow, as Newton proposed, or continually recreated, as Descartes thought, or is there a continual creation of brief new entities, as Whitehead said? Theories of powers, or dispositions might contain a clue to the answer. Interestingly, moreover, the connection can be prepared in various ways. One way is that manifestation processes persist through time. Alternatively, one could argue that the passage of time is manifested in the development of continuants.
The participants of this workshop will present and compare cutting edge research on this newly established field.

Lewis, David (1986), On The Plurality of Worlds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

09:00--09:40 Talk 1
Short break
09:45--10:25 Talk 2
Short break
10:30--11:10 Talk 3
Coffee break
11:25--12:15 Talk 4
Short break
12:20--13:00 Talk 5
Lunch Break, Conference Opening, Plenary Talk
16:15--16:55 Talk 6
16:55--17:35 Talk 7

Organisation: Florian Fischer (Bonn) & Thorben Petersen (Bremen).

Chair: Florian Fischer & Thorben Petersen
Time: 09:00-13:00, 13 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.004

Kristina Engelhard 
(University of Cologne, Germany)

Florian Fischer 
(University of Bonn, Germany)

Beate Krickel 
(Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

John Pemberton 
(London School of Economics, UK)

Thorben Petersen 
(University of Bremen, Germany)

Peter Simons 
(Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Manfred Stöckler 
(University of Bremen, Germany)

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