Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rethinking P.F. Strawson’s Individuals

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Harcourt Hill Campus


One Day Conference, Friday 25 November 2011, Oxford Brookes University

Supported by the Mind Association

This one-day conference is dedicated to Strawson’s Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics (1959). Although Individuals is still recognized as an important book published at a time when it was not fashionable to do metaphysics, it does not appear to have revolutionised the field or given birth to any new movements or schools. Indeed contemporary anthologies barely recognize the existence of Strawsonian metaphysics, despite Strawson's ongoing reputation as one of the great philosophers of the twentieth century.

A short conference motto is expressed by Stawson himself: "No philosopher understands his predecessors until he has re-thought their thoughts in his own contemporary terms." (1959: 11) Half a century serves as a good landmark to re-assess the value of Individuals and to explore the impact of Strawsonian thought on contemporary philosophy, metaphysics in general.


9.30-10.40Hans-Johann Glock (University of Zurich, CH)Analysis,Ontology and Epistemology in Strawson's Descriptive Metaphysics
10.40-11.50Paul Snowdon (University College London, UK)Identification and Basicness; Aspects of Individuals Chapter One
11.50-12.05Tea and Coffee
12.05-13.15Peter Hacker (St John's College, Oxford University, UK)Logically Non-Transferable Ownership
13.15-14.15Lunch Break (own arrangements)
14.15-15.25Maximilian de Gaynesford (University of Reading, UK)Echoes of a Sound World: Strawson-Evans-Strawson on Individuals Chapter Two
15.25-16.35Giuseppina D'Oro (Keele University, UK)Philosophical Battles and Metaphilosophical Wars
Attendance is free and all are welcome. No need for registration.
Hosted by the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University