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3 maggio 2018: Double Session: Chris Hughes and Damiano Costa

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OntoForMat FIRB Project "Classical Paradigms and Theoretical Foundation in Contemporary Research in Formal and Material Ontology"

OMS: OntoforMat Metaphysical Seminar - Spring 2018



Double Session

3 maggio 2018, h. 14:30-18:30, Aula 113, University of Milan, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milan.


Chris Hughes (King's College London)

Mackie e la Teoria dell'Errore

H. 14:30-16:30

Abstract: In a (for the most part) neglected article, and a much discussed book, J L Mackie has defended the so-called “error theory” of morality. According to the error theory (as Mackie understands it), there are no objective values, even though “folk morality” says that there are.  I discuss what Mackie means when he says that there are no objective values, and expound and evaluate his arguments for the non-existence of objective values, and his defense of the claim that the “error theory” does not subvert ordinary moral views. I shall end up saying that Mackie has not made a good case for either the truth or the non-subversiveness of the thesis that there are no objective values.

Damiano Costa (USI - University of Lugano)

The Connective View of Temporal Existence

H. 16:30-18:30

Abstract: Things persist iff they exist at various times and are concrete iff they exist at some place or time. Both notions make use of the notion of existing at a time, or temporal existence. But what is for something to exist at a time? The aim of this paper is to put forward and explore the connective view of temporal existence, according to which

(CV) x exists at t := at t, x exists

In which a relational predicate, “exists at” is defined by means of the connective/operator “at t” and existence simpliciter (which according to standard lore is fully captured by the unrestricted quantifier). The connective view contrasts with the currently prevailing doctrine according to which temporal existence is a binary relation, whether this is identified with the relation of location (Gilmore 2006, Parsons 2007, Sattig 2006) or not (van Fraassen 1970, Simons 2001, Fine 2006, Costa 2017).


La conferenza si terrà in italiano e in inglese

La partecipazione alla conferenza è fortemente consigliata agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo.

Tutti gli interessati sono invitati a partecipare.

Per ulteriori informazioni: valerio.buonomo@unimi.it

Organization committee: Valerio Buonomo, Paolo Valore

03 maggio 2018
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