Rethinking P.F. Strawson’s Individuals
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Who this event is for
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.
|9.30-10.40||Hans-Johann Glock (University of Zurich, CH)||Analysis,Ontology and Epistemology in Strawson's Descriptive Metaphysics|
|10.40-11.50||Paul Snowdon (University College London, UK)||Identification and Basicness; Aspects of Individuals Chapter One|
|11.50-12.05||Tea and Coffee|
|12.05-13.15||Peter Hacker (St John's College, Oxford University, UK)||Logically Non-Transferable Ownership|
|13.15-14.15||Lunch Break (own arrangements)|
|14.15-15.25||Maximilian de Gaynesford (University of Reading, UK)||Echoes of a Sound World: Strawson-Evans-Strawson on Individuals Chapter Two|
|15.25-16.35||Giuseppina 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