Program

The conference will be held on the second and third floor of Victoria College in rooms 212, 215, and 323 starting at 9AM on Friday, May 13th. The organizers will be posting pre-prints of any papers the authors make available on the Pitt PhilSci Archive. This area remain open after the conference has ended.

For dining options near the College, you might consult this list.

 

Friday (May 13th)

9–9:30 AM

Coffee and Scones

Victoria College, Third Floor (Foyer outside Room 323)

9:30–11:40 AM

Room 323 | Chair: Matthew Slater

Plenary Session: on Biology

Kyle Stanford (University of California, Irvine)
C. Kenneth Waters (University of Minnesota)

Robert Wilson (University of Alberta)

11:45–12:15 PM

General Discussion

12:15–2PM
Lunch Break
2–2:40 PM

Room 212 | Chair: Holly Andersen (Simon Fraser University)

Alexander Reutlinger (University of Münster)

"Woodward meets Russell. Does Causation in the Special Sciences fit into the World of Physics?"

Room 215 | Chair: Kerry McKenzie (Leeds)

Aaron Sidney Wright (Toronto)

"Challenges for an Ontic Structural Realist Account of Laws"

Room 323 | Chair: Joel Velasco (Caltech)

Chris DiTerisi (George Mason University)

"Reclaiming Typology: 'Typological Thinking' and Typological Practice"

2:45–3:25 PM

Graham Macdonald & Cynthia Macdonald (Queen's University–Belfast)

"Higher-Order Causation Meets Metaphysics"

Greg Lusk (Toronto)

"Natural Laws, Governance, and Dispositional Essentialism"

Andrea Borghini (Holy Cross) & Marco Nathan (Columbia)

"Identity and Development"

3:30–4 PM

Coffee Break

Foyer outside Room 323

4–4:40 PM

Room 212 | Chair: Duncan Maclean (McMaster University)

Dan McArthur & Marc Champagne (York University)

"When constraints fail to constrain: a critical look at Ross and Ladyman's information theoretic structural realism"

Room 215 | Chair: Matthew Childers (Western Michigan University)

P.D. Magnus (SUNY–Albany)

"Drakes, Seadevils, and Similarity Fetishism" [pdf]

Room 323 | Chair: Michael Liston (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

Katherine Brading (Notre Dame)

"Unity and change in Newton's physics" [link]

4:45–5:25 PM

Kerry McKenzie (Leeds)

"The Heuristic Conception of Metaphysics: Cutting a Deal between Analytic Metaphysics and Naturalistic Philosophy of Science"

Stephen Boulter (Oxford Brookes University)

"On the Transition from Science to Metaphysics"

Brian Epstein (Tufts)

"Metaphysics in Social Science" — Cancelled due to personal emergency. [pdf]

5:30–6:30PM

Wine and Cheese Reception

 

Saturday (May 14th)

9–9:30 AM

Coffee and Scones

Victoria College, Third Floor (Foyer outside Room 323)

9:30–11:40 AM

Room 323 | Chair: Zanja Yudell

Plenary Session: on Physics

Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona)
James Ladyman (University of Bristol)
Michael Strevens (New York University)

11:45–12:15 PM

General Discussion

12:15–2PM
Lunch Break
2–2:40 PM

Room 212 | Chair: Martin Glazier (NYU)

Christina Conroy (Morehead State University)

"The Relative Facts Interpretation and Everett's 'note added in proof'" [link]

Room 215 | Chair: James Ladyman (Bristol)

Johanna Wolff (Michigan)

"When is it metaphysics?"

Room 323 | Chair: Kyle Stanford (Irvine)

Matthew Haug (William and Mary)

"Toward a Naturalistic Reformation of Quinean Meta-ontology"

2:45–3:25 PM

Claudio Calosi (University of Urbino)

"Persistence and Change in Minkowski Spacetime"

Martin Thomson-Jones (Oberlin)

"Against Bracketing and Complacency: Metaphysics and the Methodology of the Sciences"

Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki)

"Naturalizing Aprioristic Metaphysics" [pdf]

3:30–4 PM

Coffee Break

Foyer outside Room 323

4–4:40 PM

Room 212 | Chair: Byeong-uk Yi (Toronto)

Michael Liston (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

"Duhemian Lessons for Metaphysicians"

Room 215 | Chair: Anthony Fisher (Syracuse)

Alyssa Ney (Rochester)

"Ontological Reduction and the Wave Function Ontology"

Room 323 | Chair: Neil Williams (SUNY, Buffalo)

Juha Saatsi (Leeds)

"Naturalistic Metaphysics and IBE: The Unbearable Lightness of Being-qua-Being"

4:45–5:25 PM

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome 3)

"Physics, Metaphysics, and the Relationship between the Scientific and the Manifest Image of the World"

Tracy Lupher (James Madison University)

"Not Particles, Not Quite Fields: An Ontology for Quantum Field Theory"

Jessica Wilson (Toronto)

"Fundamental Determinables"

 

Sunday (May 15th)

9–9:30 AM

Coffee and Scones

Victoria College, Third Floor (Foyer outside Room 323)

9:30–11:40 AM

Room 323 | Chair: Chris Haufe

Plenary Session: Methodology

Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego) [related paper]
Anjan Chakravartty (University of Toronto)
Katherine Hawley (University of St. Andrews)

11:45–12:30 PM
General Discussion over Lunch