Structure and Identity
July 23rd-25th 2010, University of Bristol
Confirmed speakers include:
There will also be a programme of contributed papers. If you are interested in giving a paper please send a title and abstract of 500 words by 10th April 2010 to James Ladyman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To book your place please email Jess Dunton (email@example.com)
Questions to be addressed include:
- How is structuralism best characterised?:
- In terms of incompleteness (objects lack certain kinds of properties)?
- In terms of dependence (objects depend on each other or their structure for their existence and/or identity)?
- In terms of contextual individuation (objects are individuated relationally rather than intrinsically)?
- How are these characterizations related?
- Are structuralist views in metaphysics, for example, concerning properties and dispositions, justified?
- Does a structuralist view of mathematics provide the best account of mathematical practice and the ontology and epistemology of mathematics?
- Are elementary particles individuals? Do they satisfy the principle of the identity of indiscernibles?
- What are criteria of identity, and what adequacy conditions are appropriate for them?
- Should we be committed to some form of predicativity requirement and/or some form of identity of indiscernibles? What is individuation?
- Do we need a substantive account of how objects are individuated?
- How should the various metaphysical notions of dependence be analysed? What role will the notions of individuation and criteria of identity play in this analysis?
- What are the relations between notions of entity, object, individual, and substance? What implications would structuralism have for these notions?
- How does structuralism relate to ontological holism and to the thesis that there is no fundamental level to reality?
- What is the relationship between primitive identity or haecceity and haecceitism about worlds?
It is anticipated that a volume of papers from the conference will be published.