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14 marzo, 2023: Jessica Wilson: The Fundamentality First approach to metaphysical structure

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MELT TALK - Mind, Experience, Language, and Time - 2022-2023

Jessica Wilson - Toronto

The Fundamentality First approach to metaphysical structure

14 marzo 2023, ore 12:00-14:00.

Piero Martinetti Room, Department of Philosophy, Icehouse Courtyard, 1st floor, Via Festa del Perdono, 7


A wide range of views and associated investigations in science, in religion, and in philosophy, presuppose that there is what I call metaphysical structure, whereby some goings-on are taken to be fundamental (or comparatively fundamental), and others to metaphysically depend on the (comparative) fundamenta. How should the notions of fundamentality and metaphysical dependence operative in these and other cases be understood? Here I advance my preferred ‘package deal’ approach to metaphysical structure—what I call the ‘Fundamentality First’ view—as combining (i) a primitivist account of fundamentality, on which what makes it the case that some goings-on (at a world) are fundamental is a primitive matter, with (ii) a certain pluralist account of metaphysical dependence, on which there is no core generic relation of such dependence, but rather only diverse specific such relations.

It will be possible to access the meeting until all places are filled.

The meeting will be held in English.

Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences and to students of the Doctoral School “The Human Mind and its Explanations: Language, Brain, and Reasoning”.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

14 marzo 2023
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