SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Affiliated Workshop on The Metaphysics of Space-Time: The End of Time?
(Workshop 3 (Hybrid), English)

A The major traditions in metaphysics -the analytic and the naturalistic- seriously discuss the possibility that time does not exist, at least not fundamentally so.

- Analytic philosophy of time has its roots in McTaggart?s seminal paper 'The Unreality of Time', which gave rise to two influential views of time, namely the A-theory and the B-theory. Whereas A-theorists conceive of time as passing, and B-theorists at least allow that time is intrinsically directed, the grandfather of analytic philosophy of time himself argued that time is merely an illusion.

- Current naturalistic philosophy of time dares to look at speculative theories of quantum gravity, many of which are taken to suggest that time is not part of the fundamental ontology either.

In our symposium, we would like to bring representatives of both of these traditions into a fruitful exchange. The main aim of the session is to provide an introduction to the philosophy of time at the frontier of its debates. Also, we want to give participants a sense of how metaphysics could, and maybe even should operate (nowadays).

- Natalja Deng (Yonsei)
- Lucy James (Bristol)
- Niels Linnemann (Bremen)
- Joshua Mozersky (Queen?s)
- Thorben Petersen (Bremen)
- Kian Salimkhani (Cologne)

Schedule (3 hours, minimum)
16:00 Thorben Petersen (Bremen): Welcome
16:05 Natalja Deng (Yonsei): Tenseless Passage and the limits of theorizing about time
16:35 Joshua Mozersky (Queen's): McTaggart, Quantum Gravity and the Emergence of Time
17:05 Lucy James (Bristol): tba
17:35 25 Minute Break
18:00 Thorben Petersen (Bremen): Why time remains
18:30 Kian Salimkhani (Cologne): The many problems of spacetime emergence in QG (w/ RJ)
19:00 Niels Linnemann (Bremen): On recovering spacetime through spacetime functionalism
19:30 Panel discussion

Time: 16:00-19:30, 08 September 2022 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.004

Niel Linnemann 
(University of Bremen, Germany)

Thorben Petersen  
( University of Bremen, Germany)

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